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The bow is hollow and boat-shaped. The upper surface is decorated with a ridged pattern of concentric arcs terminating on each side with a small knob at the center of the innermost circle. Green patina. Praeneste.


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, Latin, Early Iron Age Period,

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 345.


4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Fibulae