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This bow fibula has eight rings strung on a pin. Crusty 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); 1901: inherited by Miss Charlotte Wissmann; gift of Miss Charlotte Wissmann to MFA, May 1, 1902

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann

Italic, Final Bronze or Early Iron Age, about 10th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 330.


Width x length: 3.5 x 6.3 cm (1 3/8 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae