Franconian bow fibula or seven-headed fibula of the Merovingian
This beautiful brooch was made after an original from the Franconian area. It is also called bow fibula or seven knob fibula. It was probably mainly spread in the western Alemannic area. It is dated to the period between 550 and 650, at which time the Alemannic area came under increasing Frankish influence.
On the back is a stable needle, which also carries heavier and thicker materials.
When in the 5th century tunics were sewn on the shoulders and worn in combination with a belt, brooches of this kind had no longer any useful use. Germanic women, however, kept their large and conspicuous brooches as a symbol of their class and as part of the so-called four-brooch garb.
Originally, the seven-button fibulae were worn on the shoulders to close the shoulders together. When the shoulders were then sewn together, they were attached in the direction of the body axis below the pelvis, or between the thighs.
Material: Bronzer or silver plated
Dimensions: approx. 7.2 x 4.2 cm
Weight: approx. 17.5 g
Scope of supply: 1x Franconian bow fibula or seven-headed fibula of the Merovingian