Bow of fibula

Early Iron Age
750–700 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Lazio

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 338; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).


Length: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This is of the hollow, boat-shaped type. The upper surface is decorated with an incised pattern of concentric circles and cross-hatching. The head is formed of a spiral with two turns. Green patina.


According to the MFA Annual Report for 1902 the Buffum collection included a group of objects that "were all found at Palestrina many years ago, in the excavations conducted by Signor Castellani, Mr. Buffum being present at the time of their discovery"; by date unknown: William Arnold Buffum Collection (died 1901); by date unknown: collection of his niece, Mrs. James P. Tolman; gift of Mrs. James P. Tolman to MFA, November 16, 1922

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James P. Tolman