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Brooch, Openwork, Triskeles, c. 1st Cent AD

Copper alloy; 32mm/14.7mm

Con/ The pin and spring are modern, otherwise, as cast; wearable, cleaned and waxed. Restored by David Roeder.

Ref/ Not noted in Hattatt; Rare!

Seller's Note/ Derived from the Greek word "Triskeles" meaning "three legs", the Triskele or Triple Spiral is a complex ancient Celtic symbol. Often referred to by many as a Triskelion, its earliest creation dates back to the Neolithic era, as it can be seen at the entrance of Newgrange, Ireland. The Triskele gained popularity in its use within the Celtic culture from 500 BC onwards.

When the Roman legions entered Dalmatia and Pannonia in the 1st Century AD, they looked for troop recruits in the local Celtic tribes. Such Celtic warriors brought their own style of military accoutrements and brooches and this is perfect example.

Get your Celtic vibe going and wear this on St. Patrick's Day!

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