This fibula is hollow and boat-shaped. The upper surface is decorated with incised designs, chiefly concentric circles in four rows. Green patina.
According to the MFA Annual Report for 1902 the Buffum collection included a group of objects that "were all found at Palestrina many years ago, in the excavations conducted by Signor Castellani, Mr. Buffum being present at the time of their discovery"; by date unknown: William Arnold Buffum Collection (died 1901); by date unknown: collection of his niece, Mrs. James P. Tolman; gift of Mrs. James P. Tolman to MFA, November 16, 1922
Gift of Mrs. James P. Tolman
Italic, Early Iron Age, 750–700 B.C.
Place of Manufacture
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 340; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).
Length: 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique