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A piece of decorative metalwork attached to a garment by a pin either as a fastening or as an ornament. In pre‐Roman contexts such brooches were mainly fibulae, but from the 1st century bc onwards far more elaborate and imaginative types appear. See cross bow brooch; cruciform brooch; dragonesque brooch; equal‐armed brooch; radiate brooch; saucer brooch.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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