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Byzantine Period: items of dress adornment


Fibulae are an important part of Late Antique clothing and are also part of Roman military equipment. The provenance of the following pieces is not recorded, but it is possible that they were found at Shurafa, where the presence of Roman military units is attested. Fibulae of the 'crossbow type' are very common in the fourth century AD in all parts of the Roman empire.

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crossbow type
UC 58546

For an Late Antique depiction of the general Stilicho wearing a fibula click here

buckles (they are often parts of military uniform)

further reading:

Riha 1979: 169-172 (typology of Roman fibulae, including discussion of the crossbow type - called here 'Zwiebelknopffiebeln)



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