Fibula

Italic
Early Iron Age
750–700 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Lazio

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 341; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

22.714

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Fibulae

The bow is hollow and boat-shaped. The upper surface is decorated with incised designs of concentric circles and hatching. The head is formed of a spiral with two turns. The upper surface is corroded.

Provenance

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