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- Period: Ancient to early medieval (circa 8th century BCE to 10th century CE)
- Material: Bronze alloy
- Origin: Central or Eastern Europe, possibly Roman or Byzantine
This bronze pins were most likely part of a fibula, which was a type of safety pin used to hold clothing in place before the adoption of buttons. They were recovered in central or eastern Europe and are part of a collection of small bronze artifacts formerly acquired by a New York City based gallery in the 2000's. The artifacts date back to approximately 800 BCE to 1000 CE, though exact dating is difficult—unlike coins, which typically show an emperor or other clue, jewelry and similar items rarely have any descriptive markings.
Artifacts such as these are often attributed to the Romans, but in reality it is hard to say which culture produced a piece like this without further information. A large wealth of various bronze items were produced by the Roman and later Byzantine empires, and there is a strong chance that this artifact is among them—however, it is impossible to know for sure as it could also predate the Romans by many centuries.
A 7th century bronze fibula, with the pin shown in the foreground.
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