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Fibula

As in 22.727, the bow is solid and boat-shaped. The long sheath is undecorated. The upper surface is decorated with an incised design of hatching; the head is formed of a spiral with two turns. Green patina.

Provenance

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, about 8th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Latium, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 342.

Accession Number

22.715

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae