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The bow is hollow and boat-shaped. The upper surface is decorated with incised designs of concentric circles and hatching. The head is formed of a spiral with two turns. The upper surface is corroded.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James P. Tolman

Italic, Early Iron Age, 750–700 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Lazio, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 341; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

22.714

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae