Fastener ("fibula")

Roman
2nd–4th century A.D.


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: L: about 0.06m.; max. H: 0.017m.; D. of largest stud: 0.015m.

Accession Number

1984.592

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Fibulae

Ovoid hollow bar with slightly convex top and beveled sides, narrowing to a point at each end. Rising from interior, three studs with flat round tops, the center one larger in diameter than the other two. Incised surface, top and sides, inlaid with gold and niello in floral and vine patterns; on bordering facets, alternating triangles of silver and niello. Fine patina; some inlay missing. Dent in one side near central stud, damage to surface visible; stud somewhat bent.

Provenance

By 1984: with Jeffrey Spier, 1750 Central Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois 60091 (said to come from Yugoslavia); purchased by MFA from Jeffrey Spier, Nov. 21, 1984

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund