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Migration Period, Germanic Cicada brooch

Migration Period, Germanic Cicada brooch



Migration Period, Germanic Cicada brooch

Period: 4th - 6th century AD

Germanic bronze fibula/brooch (Migration period).

This rare type of brooch type appears from the time of the Barbarian invasions from the 4th century AD until the 6th century AD. Because of their singing, the cicadas were associated with Apollo, the God of music.

Article code: 19-0207

Available: 1


Price: € 100.00

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During the Roman period cicada or bee brooches were spreading throughout the Roman Empire, stretching from the Black Sea to Pannonia and Britain. During the late Roman times and the Migration period cicadas were a very popular type of brooch with the Germanic tribes of the Goths and Alans. Their popularity remained until the 6th century, some pieces date back even to the 7th century.

In 1653 the 5th century grave of Childeric was discovered around Tournai (Belgium). Among the enormous treasure of gold coins, brooches, buckles and rings were also around three hundred gold cloisonné cicadas. The Childeric 'golden bee' was later chosen by Napoleon Bonaparte as part of his arms in an effort to link his dynasty to the ancient Kingdom of France.

Because of their singing, the cicadas were associated with the god of music, Apollo. The subterranean transformation (metamorphosis) into a flying insect also made the cicada a symbol of youth and rebirth. So it is not surprising that this symbol was particularly used in the clothing of children and young women. They were either worn in pairs for the closing of a tunic or as single brooches on the neckline or on a cloak.

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