Pin (fibula)

Italic or Italic, Etruscan
Orientalizing Period
early 7th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 321.


Length: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze, amber, gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



The leech-shaped fibula (pin) is composed of a crescent-shaped carved amber ornament overlaid with stripes of gold with diagonal hatching and fitted onto a bronze pin and sheath. Corroded.


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); 1901: inherited by Miss Charlotte Wissmann; May 1, 1902: gift of Miss Charlotte Wissmann to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann