Fibula in form of a crossbow

Roman
2nd or 3rd century A.D.


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: L: about 0.056m., max W: 0.037m.

Accession Number

1985.746

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Fibulae

Catchplate formed of sheet silver folded over; ridge at joint with narrow part of bow which widens out to second ridge and broad curving band with recessed area for (missing) inlay. Slender beveled shaft, with knobs at ends and groove at center where stump of pin remains, is attached perpendicularly to the end of the band. Green corrosion in groove suggests pin may have been bronze. Crack in band.

Provenance

Said to come from Yugoslavia; by date unknown: Stojan Kacarov Collection; 1985: purchased by Jonathan H. Kagan from Stojan Kacarov; gift of Jonathan H. Kagan to MFA, October 23, 1985

Credit Line

Gift of Jonathan H. Kagan