Bronze Cross-Bow Fibula

Culture: Roman
Period: 4th century A.D.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 9.3 cm long
Price: Sold
Ref: 3448
Provenance: Private collection Karl Zieger (1939-2021), Lower Austria, Austria. Acquired on 19 June 1997 in Dorotheum in Vienna. With an original certificate.
Condition: Needle missing, otherwise very beautifully preserved.
Description: Bronze fibula with a semi-circular bow and a trapezoidal section. On the upper side hallmark decoration. The crossarms with notched decoration and profiling. On each end of the crossarms as well as at the head’s end sits a large, onion-shaped knob. At the bottom of the crossarms a small slot for the needle. The foot is straight and adorned with hallmarked circles and fine notches on its surface. The catch-plate almost takes the entire length of the foot. On the back a pin stopper which should avoid the needle to get out inadvertently.