Brooch, Knee, Masterpiece, ca. 2nd Cent. AD, LOOK!
Copper alloy; 38mm/20.7gm
Con/ As fabricated; original spring and pin, unblemished green patina, cleaned not waxed
Ref/ Hattatt 1241 var....sort of.
Seller's Note/ So where to begin...and why is a Masterpiece of Roman jewelers art?
This type of brooch is known a semicircular type with hooded spring...but with a vast difference. Please note in the photos how the artisan added a total of eight tiny spun silver wires (less than 1mm) about the brooch; four around the hooded spring (only vestiges remaining), one around the brooch terminal, two more around the doubled head, and one more just below.
Hard enough to imagine how difficult is was to create this brooch in the first place, you know? But how it managed to survive nearly 1,800 years in the earth after centuries of constant plowing in such pristine condition is the real wonder.