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Crossbow fibula (safety pin)

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The fibula is slim in proportions, its tailpiece has four elegantly carved pairs of scrolls, and it has hexagonal knobs and crossbar. The knobs and the base of the bow have beaded collars, and S-shaped scrolls are mounted on the crossbar. Up the "spine" of the fibula runs a finely incised...

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By 1988: with Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London (auction, December 12, 1988, lot 49); purchased by MFA at Sotheby's auction; accessioned on January 25, 1989

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

Roman, Late Imperial Period, A.D. 340–360


Length: 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Brooches