Roman Knee Fibula in Bronze
The Roman Knee fibula was a common design in the 2nd century A.D., and originated in Roman Pannonia (modern Hungary). With its short, fat bow that incorporates a 90 degree bend, archeologists thought it resembled a knee and leg. Many Knee fibulae have small rectangular, or larger semi-circular head plates. Knee fibulae appear, like the Eye type, to have been introduced into the Roman Empire by Germanic allies.
Despite their small size, their appearance in Roman military graves implies that the Knee fibula was the most popular fibula among Roman soldiers in the 2nd century AD. They are rarely found outside military sites or contexts.
- diameter approx. 33mm
- solid cast bronze
- fully functional
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