Lot 879: Iron Age British Celtic Dragonesque Brooch
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 2nd century AD. A flat-section bronze S-shaped fibula with lobed finials, enamelled panels to the body and comma-shaped flanges, ring-and-dot eyes, pin absent. 7.81 grams, 43mm (1 3/4"). Found UK; before 2000. Dragonesque brooches were made in the North of Britain between 50 and 150 AD. Prior to the arrival of the Romans, Celtic brooches were almost universally safety-pin-type. The Celts combined new Roman styles, including animal-shaped and flat brooches, with local styles of decoration familiar from jewellery and horse gear to create a new indigenous type. The dragonesque brooch shows the hybridization of cultures and the innovation of Celtic art on the edge of the Roman Empire. Approximately two hundred and fifty of these brooches have been found, mostly in the frontier area of Hadrian's Wall.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.