GERMANIC SILVER FIBULA FIRST HALF OF V century A. Silver alloy cast fibulae in the form of a horsefly with stylistic wings; accented neck with grooves; angular head with oval eyes. Flat underside with spring mechanism.
The winged insect was a popular motif in both Germanic and nomadic metalwork during the late fourth and fifth centuries. Gold bees appeared in the grave of the Frankish king Childeric (d. while other richly appointed graves, such as that at Domagnano