During the period when this bronze brooch was produced - between the 8th-5th Centuries BCE - the city of Rome(founded in 753 BCE) was only beginning to take shape. An amazing survivor of the Empire's rise and fall, this richly patinated beauty came through it all with pin intact! It measures about 1 3/16" by 3/4" and has a beautiful, sculptural form.
As you may know, the fibula was originally a Celtic jewel, introduced into Italy by the Etruscans -- a people gradually assimilated by the Romans, who secured their garments with fibulae for centuries. They're seen on virtually every Imperial Roman bust, but this example dates well before Imperial times. Judging from its size, I expect it was worn by a child.
We were lucky enough to acquire, from the same European source, two more brooches of this type: The largest measures about 2 1/2" by 1 1/2", while the other - which still opens - is a dainty 1 3/8" by 7/8".
Their similarity would make them a wonderful collection for the tabletop, desktop or vitrine - or they could be worn as pendants, suspended by their hinges. If interested in all three, please e-mail and we'll work out special pricing.
There's no charge for insured US shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and beautiful gift wrap is also free whenever desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!