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Fibula of crossbow/millwheel type

Root of pin, with knobbed finial above it, at center of shaft with knobbed ends which is perpendicular to the bowed body. Near the connection of bow and catch-plate of folded sheet silver, beveled knob at end. Gray patina.


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, 3rd–4th century A.D.


Legacy dimension: L: 0.057 m.; W (crossbar): 0.031 m.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae