Enamelled bronze brooch

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From Traprain Law, East Lothian

Postcard of Enamelled bronze brooch.
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Enamelled bronze brooch

This enamelled bronze brooch, also known as a fibula, was found at the important hillfort site of Traprain Law in East Lothian.

The brooch is of a type called dragonesque, which is found in both Roman and native contexts in northern Britain and Scotland, but only rarely on the Continent.

Fibulae were used to fasten clothing, and are understandably a common find on Roman sites. Dragonesqure brooches are a fusion of Roman and Celtic influences: they are Roman products, but with Celtic ornamentation. They were often worn in pairs.

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Online ID: 000-100-039-917-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GVM 35
Date: Deposited between 410 and 425 AD
Material: Bronze; dragonesque; enamelled
What: Brooch, fibula
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Traprain Law
Description: Roman dragonesque brooch of enamelled bronze, from Traprain Law
  • Johns, Catherine. The jewellery of Roman Britain. Celtic and Classical traditions. London: UCL Press Ltd., 1996, pp. 151-3. 
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