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Fibula with trumpet-form head and flat tail

Fibula in the shape of a crossbow with the catch-plate end resembling a rectangular "stringed lyre," the strings formed by wire filigree. At pin end, knobs, filigree and wire coils decorating the trumpet head form a complex termination. Knobbed cylinder to which pin was attached is slightly...

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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, 2nd or 3rd century A.D.


Width x length, about 3.5 x 4.4 cm (1 3/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae