Elaborate Roman Silver Brooch
Circa 2nd-3rd Century AD
Roman silver knee brooch with five leaf-shaped pendants, three suspended with intricate herringbone-pattern silver chains and two suspended with looped chains. The knee brooch is solid cast silver with a spring pin. Substantial catch-plate at the base of the foot, folded over at the back and pierced from which one chain is suspended. An impressive and rare type known from the Roman region of Pannonia (Modern day Hungary) or Dacia (Modern day Romania).
Length: 7.1 in. (18 cm)
Provenance: Formerly a German property.
Reference: Compare to a similar type Roman silver brooch sold at Christies New York, December 6, 2000, lot #181.