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Brooch, Amphora-type, c. 4th Cent AD


Brooch, Amphora-type, c. 4th Cent AD

Copper alloy; 55mm/22.2gm (!)

Con/ perfect, pin intact and wearable...with care; green patina, cleaned not waxed, excellent 'circle and dot' decoration. Just saying, but the 'circle and dot' motif is sometimes thought to me meant to ward off the "Evil Eye" but another explanation is that it represents the Sun, a symbol of the Soli Invicto cult popular with Roman soldiers at the time. Or it's just a meaningless but popular decoration. ;-)

Seller's Note/ So why is a brooch listed in Roman Military? During the 4th cent AD, the amphora motif became very popular as strap or belt ends with Roman soldiers. In the case of our amphora-style brooch, it was certainly worn by a soldier to match his belt end.

FYI - This is a 'first time listing' of an amphora brooch here on NRC. We never knew that such brooches existed but in retrospect it makes complete sense.

Perfect for any Roman militaria or brooch collector. Rare!