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"Knee" fibula

Hollow cylindrical shaft is perpendicular to the solid body of the fibula which is slightly beveled, narrows down toward catch-plate, then flares out a bit at end. Pin root is inside shaft. Rectangular catch-plate of folded sheet silver. Flat disks on ends of shaft. 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, 4th century A.D.


Legacy dimension: L: 0.031 m.; W (at shaft): 0.02 m.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae