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The Braganza Brooch

Gold fibula, of long-footed form decorated with the figure of a naked warrior, wearing a Celtic helmet, with scabbard suspended from his waist and carrying a sword (scabbard and pommel are both of La Tene type), with another figure of a hunting dog jumping up to him.  The eyes of both figures were originally inlaid with enamel.  The arched bow has eight curls and the side panels are elaborated with running spirals and loops, also originally inlaid with blue enamel.  Each end of the brooch is terminated by a dog's head.  The hinge or spring and pin are now lost.  The long foot of the fibula comprises two thick wires, twisted together and terminated with another dog's head, jaws agape and ears raised.  The brooch was probably made by a Greek craftsman active on the Iberian Peninsular.

Gold fibula, of long-footed form decorated with the figure of a naked warrior, wearing a Celtic helmet, with scabbard suspended from his waist and carrying a sword (scabbard and pommel are both of La Tene type), with another figure of a hunting dog jumping up to him. The eyes of both figures were originally inlaid with enamel. The arched bow has eight curls and the side panels are elaborated with running spirals and loops, also originally inlaid with blue enamel. Each end of the brooch is terminated by a dog's head. The hinge or spring and pin are now lost. The long foot of the fibula comprises two thick wires, twisted together and terminated with another dog's head, jaws agape and ears raised. The brooch was probably made by a Greek craftsman active on the Iberian Peninsular.

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