Pelta Brooch, Bronze

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Pelta-shaped decorations were popular, numerous finds were made in the Limes forts and settlements, dating from the 1st to the 3rd century. Mainly in military context they were used as belt decorations, brooches or pendants.
The pelta ornament is named after a light, crescent shaped shield, which was in use by the light ancient greek infantry (pic 2). In ancient art, the female warriors of the Amazons were often depicted with this shields, that´s why the pelta shields are also called "Amazon´s shields" (pic. 3).
Our reproduction is a reconstructed copy of an original brooch of the Saalburg fort, Germany. It dates to the 2nd-3rd century AD. Handcrafted from real bronze, with operative pin construction. Pic. 4 shows the original. Length ca. 32mm.

A. Böhme, Die Fibeln der Kastelle Saalburg und Zugmantel. Saalburg-Jahrb. 29, 1972, 5-112

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