Roman Omega Fibula in Bronze
Omega Fibulae or Brooches are also called "Annular" Fibulae, as they were formed as a ring and "penannular" formed as an incomplete ring; both terms have a range of uses. "Pseudo-penannular" is a coinage restricted to brooches, and refers to those brooches where there is no opening in the ring, but the design retains features of a penannular brooch—for example, emphasizing two terminals. Some pseudo-penannular brooches are very similar in design to other penannular brooches, but have a small section joining the two terminals. Others have fully joined terminals, and emphasize in their design the central area where the gap would be—for example the Tara Brooch. The terms "open brooch" or "open ring brooch" are also sometimes used for penannular brooches.
Fibulae or Brooches of either penannular or annular type, where the pin is very large in relation to the ring, so that the ring cannot play any part in the fastening of the brooch, may be called "ring brooches", "pin brooches", or "brooch-pins". "Celtic" is a term avoided by specialists in describing objects, and especially artistic styles, of the Early Middle Ages from the British Isles, but is firmly fixed in the popular mind.
Simple early Omega brooches are found in Anglo-Saxon, but as far as is known the Anglo-Saxons did not use these fibulae styles for prestige elite jewellery. However, there are elements in the style of Irish and Scottish fibulae that derive from Anglo-Saxon art and are related to Insular work in other media, especially illuminated manuscripts.
- Diameter: 33mm
- made of solid bronze cast
- ready to use
The original according to which this antique jewelry piece has been made derives from a private collection. Our replica is handmade of real bronze. The fibula measures 33mm diameter, is made of solid bronze cast and ready vor every day use.
E. Riha, Die römischen Fibeln aus Augst und Kaiseraugst. Forschungen in Augst 3 (Augst 1979)
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