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Crossbow fibula with dolphin and shell

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....

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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

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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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae