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Lyre-form pin (fibula)

Horizontal bar at top with upturned ends and knob-topped element at center. C-curved verticals down through center joined at bottom by a "V". Large half-circle at bottom with a concave knob beneath lowest point. Pin attached to spring coil. Excellent condition.


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

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd–3rd century A.D.


H: 0.037 m.; max. W: 0.023 m.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae