A replica of a Noric-Pannonian two-button fibula for traditional Roman-Germanic costumes
When there were no yet a zipper ...
Long before the modern textile industry came up with the idea of adding zippers to trousers and other garments, people have found different ways to flexibly combine fabrics in the past. Thousands of years ago clothing items were initially sewn together pretty inflexible, but later bones or antlers were used to design certain designs that could be opened again. A breakthrough was then achieved thanks to the needles of the Bronze Age, which towards the end of this epoch were finally replaced by the so-called Fibula. Similar to our today's safety pin, the tip of the actual needle on a fibula is embedded in a shell, in order to reduce the risk of injury as well as wear on the textiles. In addition, the plate of the Fibula offered sufficient space to attach jewelry and decorative elements.
The Noric-Pannonian two-button fibula in the shop
The fibulas, which are offered here, are detailed replicas of a common fibula shape from the 1st century AD.
- Material: bronze
- Manufacturing process: cast metal
- Type: Almgren 237 Variant C
- Dimensions: 9 x 2,5 x 2 cm
The Noric-Pannonian two-button fibula - typical object of the Roman age
The Roman provinces of Noricum and Pannonia, or more specifically the regions of today's Austria to Croatia, Slovenia and western Hungary, had already been integrated into the Roman empire after the military campaigns of the Roman legions. Strong border fortifications on the Danube secured the newly enslaved subjects of Rome against the attacks from Germanic tribes, but it was a long time before the former Germans had given up their own identity in favor of belonging to Rome.
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