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Arc of fibula

Hollow and boat-shaped. The upper surface is decorated with incised, rectilinear design. Green patina.


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); by date unknown: collection of his niece, Mrs. James P. Tolman; gift of Mrs. James P. Tolman to MFA, November 16, 1922

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James P. Tolman

Italic, Early Iron Age, 750–700 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Latium, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 339; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae