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Roman bronze "Wolf's head" fibula

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Roman bronze "Wolf's head" fibula

Period: 2nd-3rd century AD

Eastern Roman Empire, Aucissa military brooch with zoomporhic head of a wolf.

This high arched tapering bow brooch belongs to the Aucissa group of fibulae. Between the bow and the foot it shows a zoomorphic head which resembles a wolf with a long snout. The snout ends in a circular knob which encloses the axis bar. The bow is decorated with circular dots and a ribbon pattern. Towards the beginning of the axis bar is another zoomorphic head with ears and circular dots which are forming the eyes.

Size: 9,5 cm.

Article code: 13-6505

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This type of brooch is common throughout the Roman world and was introduced to Britain with the Roman army. They are often found at military sites.
The wolf is a very popular symbol in civilian and military Roman artefacts and coins. It refers to the legend of the Capitoline Wolf, the she-wolf who suckled the twins Romulus and Remus.

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