Pin (fibula) with square catch-plate incised with water birds and patterns
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 263; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).
Length: 9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)
The square catch-plate is decorated with waterfowl within a zigzag border on one side. On the other side there is a larger star (rosette?) in the center and four smaller stars around. The bow of the pin has engraved lines. Tiny chips on the edge of the plate and green patina, with light green corrosion in spots.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Thebes [with 96.676-677].); gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, 1896
Gift of Edward Perry Warren