Gold fibula (brooch)


British Museum

British Museum

This unusual gold brooch was found by someone using a metal detector in Lincolnshire. The complicated shape of the head of the brooch gives the impression that it was made to look like a grotesque bird. The name of this type of brooch, 'Birdlip', comes from the place were another example was found. These brooches were made and worn by people living just before and after the Roman Conquest of southern England in AD 43. The shape of the brooch is not very common, and it is very unusual for an Iron Age brooch to have been made from gold. Considerable care was given to making this brooch, even down to engraving a tiny La Tène design on the catch plate of the brooch's foot.

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  • Title: Gold fibula (brooch)
  • Date Created: 25/75
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 42.60mm; Width: 8.70mm (spring); Height: 19.20mm; Weight: 14.00g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: engraved
  • Registration number: 1996,0601.1
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Market Rasen
  • Period/culture: Iron Age; La T
  • Material: gold
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Martin, Christopher John. With contribution from British Museum Friends. With contribution from Bergin


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