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LOT 0155

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GBP (£) 2,000 - 3,000
EUR (€) 2,360 - 3,540
USD ($) 2,430 - 3,640

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£1,800 (EUR 2,123; USD 2,186) (‡+bp*)

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ROMAN GOLD CROSSBOW BROOCH
LATE 4TH CENTURY A.D.

A gold crossbow brooch with three ogival knops to the headplate, square-section bow and U-section rectangular footplate decorated with edge notches; pin and catchplate to reverse. 1 3/8 in. (6.45 grams, 34 mm).

PROVENANCE:
Ex private European collection.
Acquired by the current owner in 2001.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate no.11326-189857.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Biscottini, P., Sena Chiesa, G., Costantino, 313 d.C.L'Editto di Milano e il tempo della tolleranza, (Constantine, A.D. 313, the Edict of Milan and the times of the Tolerance), Milano, 2012, the Louvre fibula in fig.163, p.253.

FOOTNOTES:
In the late Roman Empire, the children of Imperial officials and dignitaries, who were part of the Militia Armata and the unarmed Militia, acquired symbols and titles of the father, from whom they usually also inherited their profession. The quality and size of the fibula could link it to the son of a military commander, a vir illustris or vir nobilissimus, and therefore belonging to a puer illustris or nobilissimus.

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