Fibula1 min read

Material Culture, The Archive
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Dorestad Fibula. RMO.

The fibula is the Latin term for a cloak pin, or brooch.

In a time where one was kept warm by cloaks, these pins were used to keep the ends together. The more intricate the detail on the fibula and the more expensive the stones, the higher the status of its wearer.

Viking Age Relevance

A beautiful example is the fibula of Dorestad. Dorestad was a bustling trading town in the Low Countries (present-day Netherlands). The fibula dates back to the early Middle Ages and Viking Age. It shows signs of early Christianity.

The fibula is the Latin term for a cloak pin or brooch. In a time where one was kept warm by cloaks, these pins were used to keep the ends together. The more intricate the detail of the fibula, the more expensive stones, the higher the status of its wearer.[1]

Further Reading & Viewing

Museum of Antiquities Leiden – video
 (Dutch language)

Works Cited

‘Dorestad Brooch | Dutch National Museum of Antiquities’, n.d. http://www.rmo.nl/english/collection/highlights/netherlands-collections/dorestad-brooch.

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