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09 Octobrer 2020

Ethnological Treasures — Fibula

Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croatian Administration): Ethnological Treasures — Fibula, 9 October 2020. Images from Delcampe and Hrvatska pošta Mostar.


Technical Specifications:

Brand number: 545
Type: Regular
Motif: Cross fibula (buckle) for clothing
Designer: Centuryo Lucic
Size: 25.56 x 35.50 mm
Printer: AKD d.o.o. Zagreb
Paper: White, 102 g, rubberized
Perforation: Combed 14
Denomination: 0,70 KM
Release Date: 9.10.2020.
Sheet: 9 stamps
Quantity Printed: 100,000

Fibula is an ancient form of brooch (buckles, clamps) that served to fasten and connect individual parts of clothing. Initially, fibulas are called only Ancient Roman brooches, but later this name stood up for all ancient and pre-Roman brooches. Most often they are made of bronze, then iron, silver and gold with different ornaments.

The first fibulas appear in the Bronze Age and have the shape of a violin bow, the second form is a fibula of a strongly pronounced arch, while the third basic type from the Bronze Age is a fibula made of spirally bent wire. The spread of the use of fibula occurs in the Iron Age when high-arch fibulas are decorated with geometric ornaments. In the first century AD, roman workshops were developing and the number of different types of fibula increased. Men’s fibulas are more massive and without major ornaments, and female ones are smaller in size and decorated and take on the feature of jewelry. Although they had the practical purpose of fixing clothes, by the appearance and decorations of the fibula it could be concluded which class the owner belongs to. The first specimens of the cross fibula, which belong to the typological grouping of the early Christian character, appear in the third century. They cease to be used in the Middle Ages with the appearance of buttons.

Hrvatska pošta d.o.o. Mostar issued a regular postage stamp in a 9-stamp sheet, stamp and envelope on its first day (FDC). Brands and supporting materials can also be purchased online at

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