Very Fine Roman Silver Fish Brooch – Rare
Circa 1st-2nd Century AD
Extremely fine silver Roman brooch in the shape of a flat fish with a single “eye” indicated by a shallow round impression on its head that was enameled in antiquity. There are two small fins top and bottom, and well delineated tail. Body decorated with five rows of incised lines. Underneath, a hinged pin (intact) with an integral catch pin. An extremely rare type.
Height: 1.6 in. (4 cm)
Condition: Intact as shown with smooth, attractive patina and nicely preserved detail.
Provenance: Formerly in a British collection.
Reference: See Richard Hattatt, Brooches of Antiquity, #1198-1203 for related examples.