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Title: Brooches with Medallions
Subtitle: Insignia and Largitiones or just Adornments?
Author(s): DUMANOV, Bojan
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 6 Date: 2007
A number of cruciform brooches have been found in south-eastern Europe over the last half century. Typical of their ornamentation are medallions with portraits of young men. The facial features are rough and schematic. The general opinion of scholars is that the youthful draped figures are representations of members of the Constantinian dynasty, which is in opposition to their typological and chronological evolution. These brooches are the product of a common art industry (Kunstindustrie), connected with many aspects of the imitative arts. Imagines clipeatae on the brooches as well as those on silverware are the result of the translation of ornaments between the various products of late antique art.