Pin with globular head

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
6th century B.C.


Overall: 9.4 cm (3 11/16 in.) Overall: 4.64 gm (0.01 lb.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



A straight pin with globular head decorated with palmettes, rosettes and circled. The interstices are covered with mass granulation. Floral leaves are bordered by filigree; the petals are left plain. The globe is topped with a rosette with a pyramid of small beads in the center.


By 1869: William Henry Forman (b. 1794 - d. 1869), Pippbrook House, Surrey, England; by descent to his nephew, A. H. Browne, Callaly Castle, Northumberland; 1900: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 13 Wellington Street, Strand, London (sale of the Forman Collection, part 2, July 2-5, 1900); by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren; December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution