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Bronze hollow leech fibula with symmetrical catch-plate. Low and wide catch-plate, partly missing, thick raised bow with clay core and two holes on upper side. Small spring, probably two-coiled, pin missing. Deeply incised decoration on upper side of bow: transverse chevron bands alternating with two rows of impressed concentric circles. Smooth light green patina, with the colour of the metal showing on most of the surface.
- Made in: Italy
- Excavated/Findspot: Reculver (?)
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Kent,Herne Bay,Reculver)
- Length: 8.8 centimetres
- Weight: 159 grammes
Sestieri & MacNamara 2007
See for the general type Prehistorische Bronzefunde XIV. 5, nos. 655–667, ‘Fibule a sanguisuga a staffa corta’, 8th century and later. Quattro Fontanili 1986, 79, fig. 25, type I 22, phase IIB (very similar in shape and decoration); 80, fig. 29, type I 28, phase IIB-IIC; 80, fig. 31, type I 33, phase IIC. Prehistorische Bronzefunde XIV, forthcoming, XIX. 3, (126.1), nos. 1647, 1648, from Suessula (Caserta), Campania, ‘Grandi fibule a sanguisuga cava con breve staffa simmetrica’.
Not on display
Greek & Roman Antiquities
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Object reference number: GAA11869
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