Enamelled bronze brooch

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From Spynie, Moray

Postcard of Enamelled bronze brooch.
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Enamelled bronze brooch

This enamelled bronze brooch, also known as a fibula, was found at Spynie in Moray. In the Roman Empire such brooches are found only in Britain. They were commonly worn in the second century AD by both Romans and natives.

The brooch is of a special type called a trumpet brooch, due to the shape of the head which protects the spring. It has fine enamel decoration on the body and head. It would have been worn as a pair, linked to its partner by a chain.

Brooches were used to fasten clothing, and are understandably a common find on Roman sites. Trumpet brooches are a fusion of Roman and native influences: they are Roman products, but with native ornamentation or features.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-890-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  Q.L.1920.4
Date: Between 80 and 200 AD
Material: Bronze; harp-shaped; trumpet head
Dimensions: 2.19" L
What: Brooch, fibula
Where: Scotland, Moray, Spynie, Lochside
Description: Trumpet brooch or fibula of bronze, found at Lochside, Spynie, Moray, between 80 and 200 AD
  • Johns, Catherine. The jewellery of Roman Britain. Celtic and Classical traditions. London: UCL Press Ltd., 1996, pp. 160-5. 
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