Silver Fibula: Roman Legion Camp Gate
Circa 2nd – early 3rd Century AD
(Size: 40 x 19mm – 1 ½ x ¾” – Weight: 11.36gm)
A remarkable skeuomorphic silver brooch depicting a stylized Roman Legion camp gate. . The openwork brooch features three watch tower columns framing the arched portcullis gate opening.
The surface shows a nice toned patina and the hinged pin is intact.
Very scarce, not in Hattatt “Ancient Brooches”.
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.