Cicada Fibula, Bronze

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Cicada Brooch / Cicada Fibula, Bronze


Cicada Brooch of the Migration Period. The replica is a very detailed and authentic copy of an original find. The cicada brooch is equiped with an authentic pin construction on the backside, made of bronze wire.
Handmade from solid Bronze in lost wax casting, size approx. 40 x 30 mm. The delivery includes a certificate and a  jewelry box.

Cicada Fibula, Bronze


Cicadas were spreading during the Roman Empire from the Black Sea to Pannonia and Britain. Especially the Germanic tribes of the Goths and Alans seem to have made a special contribution to the spread of the cicadas, during Late Roman times and the Migration Period. There are cicada brooches found in both Germanic and Roman places. They remained a very popular kind of fibula brooches until the 6th century, single pieces date back even to the 7th century. After the discovery of the Childerich grave dating to the late 5th century with numerous cicada applications, the Childerich "bees" became even a symbol of Napoleon Bonaparte's coat of arms.
Because of their singing, the cicadas were associated with the god of music, Apollo. The subterranean transformation (metamorphosis) into a flying insect also made the cicada a symbol of youth and rebirth. So it is not surprising that the fibulae in the form of cicadas were particularly used in the clothing of children and young women. They were either worn in pairs for the closing of a tunic or as single brooches  on the neckline or on a cloak.
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