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Fibula of crossbow type

Originally gilded. Bowed body has beveled sides and central groove with beaded wite set in. Ridges around edge connecting with catch-plate. Shaft with knobbed ends perpendicular to bow contains root of pin. Traces of gilding overall, especially on shaft knobs, central groove and beading and back...

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By 1984: with Jeffrey Spier, 1750 Central Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois 60091 (said to come from Yugoslavia); purchased by MFA from Jeffrey Spier, Nov. 21, 1984

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

Roman Provincial, 4th century A.D.


Legacy dimension: L: 0.045 m.; W (shaft): 0.038 m.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae