Spiral pin (fibula)

Greek
Geometric Period
about 800–700 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 267; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Overall: 7.2 x 3.1 x 1.3 cm (2 13/16 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

98.645

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Gallery 212A-B

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Fibulae

Two spirals and a pin are made of one wire. There is a double twist between them. Condition: Dark green patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records he bought it from Rhousopoulos, as from Attica, 1877); 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