A stunning pair of large Roman crossbow gilded silver fibulae, featuring a hexagonal-section hollow crossbar and a deep D-section bow with ribbed lower end. The catch mechanism is housed within the hollow footplate and features a hinged pin. The front of the bow is embellished with a notched decoration.
Period: Late Roman Period, circa 3rd century AD
Provenance: English Art Market, 1980’s. Pierre Bergé &Associés, 29 May 2013, lot 243.