Brooch card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum



On display


Villanovan leech fibula (a style of brooch), of the type associated with females. Thick bow, round in section, sharply tapered at ends, trace of short, rounded catch-plate and decoration formed by impressing metallic items into the wax model from which it was cast. Bow is smooth with four wide bands of rough-edged striations possibly formed by wrapping a length of fine thread around the bow (impressions only appear on upper surface); over the mid-point of bow, a small metal boss was impressed to make a small disc-pattern of concentric circles. Lack of hole in underside indicates that a clay casting core remains inside. Missing pin and most of catch-plate.