This small brass brooch is manufactured after 10th century CE archaeological examples from the Baltic area.
These penannular brooches, also called fibulas, were used to close garments or fasten all sorts of material, but mostly fabric. Brooches like this one were used to fasten light cloaks on the shoulder and kaftans for example. The stylized animal heads on the end of the brooch prevent the needle from coming loose, but also makes it less suitable to use it to fasten leg wraps.
The Baltic fibula – small has a diameter of 3.2 cm, the needle has a length of 4.4 cm. It is available in bronze, as well as a silver-plated version.
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