Bronze Fibula: Romano-Celtic - Horse Brooch
Circa 1st – 2nd Century AD
A very fine Romano-Celtic bronze zoomorphic brooch depicting a three-dimensional standing horse with the hinge and catch plate forming the legs. The surface shows a nice green patina, and remarkably, the pin is totally intact, though fused. It was crafted during the period when Roman and Eastern Celtic cultures were interacting in Britain and the area of Pannonia and Moesia (present day Hungary/Balkans/Bulgaria). This is a very uncommon form. For similar, but incomplete examples, see Hattatt “Ancient Brooches,” #1643 and # 1644.
The fibula was in widespread use throughout the ancient world. The Roman conquests spread the use of the fibula, which became the basis for more complicated brooches. In the severe climate of northern Europe, it routinely functioned as a fastening for a heavy cloak or tunic. The safety-pin type of fibula continued to be used up into the Middle Ages.
(33 x 46 mm – 1 5/16x 1 7/8”)