Large Bronze Fibula Pair

Central Europe

Bronze Age, Early 1st millennium BC


H: 10 7/8 inches (27.5 cm)

These large fibulas, or clasps, served a practical purpose of holding garments in place, usually at the shoulder.  Such objects varied widely in both shape and size.  Large pieces such as these likely served as status symbols, indicating both social rank and wealth.  Widespread in Europe during this period, fibulas were produced in the Balkan region, Northern Greece and later spread farther south through Italy and gained great popularity in Sicily. 

Known as type V, this pair of fibulas consist of three spirals  Each piece was cast in two pieces in wire, square in section. Two spirals are formed with a single piece of metal, coiled in opposite directions to creating a “S” shape, and the thirst spiral has been welded in place from the back.  Each spiral terminates in a conical central design.  The pair maintain their original green patina.  Though both are missing their back pin, the hooks are intact and the fibulas remains in excellent condition.