Crossbow fibula with dolphin and shell

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century A.D.


Height x length about 2 x 5.2 cm (13/16 x 2 1/16 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



Silver. Fibula of crossbow shape with a dolphin forming most of the bow, the tail nearest the pin end and the head facing the catch-plate from which it is separated by the rest of the bow and a ridge. Catch-plate formed of folded sheet silver. Scallop shell on pin cylinder under tail of dolphin. Extension of curled dolphin tail pierced by three holes with part of the end broken off.


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