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Last Updated: 27 January 2019.

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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 brooch, the more expensive stones, the higher the status of its wearer.1

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

Fibula of Dorestad (Source: Wikipedia).

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Dutch Museum of Antiquities – Video (Dutch language).


  1. Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, ‘Dorestad brooch.’ Last Accessed 27 January 2019.  ↩

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