Fibula

Greek
Geometric Period
about 800–700 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 268; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 18.6 cm (7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.646

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Fibulae

There are two large spirals made of one wire, with a double twist between them. The pin, of “safety-pin” shape, has the back riveted to the center of each spiral. Condition: Slightly crusty green patina with areas of iron rust and earth.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Naples); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund