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Fibula (pin)

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On the back: central ridge and four groups of three relief bands. On the catch-plate, within zigzag line border: A: Three birds above a galley going to the right. Two fish to right below. B: Horse (?) to left, with a bird perched on his back. The plate is broken and repaired. Dark green patina.


By 1964: with a dealer in Athens (said to be from Athens); purchased by MFA, March 11, 1964

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2

Greek, Geometric Period, about 800–700 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 266; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 122 (additional published references).


Height x length: 9 x 15 cm (3 9/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Brooches