Pin (fibula)

Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
Late 4th or early 3rd century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Macedonia

Dimensions

Overall: 3 x 6 cm (1 3/16 x 2 3/8 in.) Overall: 17.42 gm (0.04 lb.)

Accession Number

65.909

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Fibulae

A fibula of the Macedonian or millwheel-type. The catch takes the form of a hippocamp, and there are facing lion-skins on either side of the catch-plate. There are a series of petals in five groups on the bow, and some of these have been broken off. Others are cracked. The gold pin appears to belong, although most fibulae of this type have bronze pins.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Tassos Zoumboulakis; September 22, 1965: purchased by MFA from Tassos Zoumboulakis

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund