; 38mm/20.7gm ca. 2nd Cent. AD
is known a semicircular type
with hooded spring
...I think...but with a vast difference. Please note in the photos how the artisan added a total of eight tiny spun silver wires (less than 1mm) about the brooch
; four around the hooded spring
(only vestiges remaining), one around the brooch
terminal, two more around the doubled head
, and one more just below.
Hard enough to imagine how difficult is was to create this brooch
in the first place, you know? But how it managed to survive nearly 1,800 years in the earth after centuries of constant plowing in such pristine condition is the real wonder.
Has anyone seen a brooch
like this before?