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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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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.


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae