Gold-plated cross-shaped brooch

  • Era/Century: Antique
  • Site: unknown
  • Dating: beginning of the 4th century AD
  • Material: bronze
  • Technique: casting, gilding, incising
  • Dimensions: length 64 mm, width 47 mm
  • Weight: 23.18 g
  • ID Number: АА 3429
  • Property: Belgrade City Museum
  • On Display: No

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Gold-plated cross-shaped brooch, with the inscriptions FELIX and VTERE on the lateral sides of the brooch bow.

Gold and gold-plated cross-shaped brooches (fibulae) represent a particular form of royal medals presented to soldiers during state celebrations, as a reward for bravery in battles or a successfully completed military service. The inscription FELIX V(e)TERE(m),* put in the accusative case would mean ‘for’ the lucky veteran, and would have represented a gift to the praised soldier who completed the military service.

* (lat. vetus m, f, i, veteris – old, advanced in years)

Published in Antiquity


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