The city of Rome was only beginning to take shape during the period when this bronze brooch was produced - between the 8th-5th Centuries BCE. An amazing survivor of the Empire's rise and fall, this richly patinated beauty came through it all with pin intact! This treasure measures a sizeable 2 1/2" by 1 1/2" 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.
We were lucky enough to acquire, from the same European source, two more brooches of this type: One measures about 1 3/8" by 7/8" and will still open! The other measures about 1 3/16" by 3/4". Their similarity would make these a wonderful collection for the tabletop, desktop or vitrine - or they could be worn as pendants, suspended by their hinges. If you're interested in all three, please e-mail and we can 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!