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Fastener ("fibula")

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Ovoid hollow bar with slightly convex top and beveled sides, narrowing to a point at each end. Rising from interior, three studs with flat round tops, the center one larger in diameter than the other two. Incised surface, top and sides, inlaid with gold and niello in floral and vine patterns; on...

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Provenance

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, 2nd–4th century A.D.

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: L: about 0.06m.; max. H: 0.017m.; D. of largest stud: 0.015m.

Accession Number

1984.592

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae