The leech-shaped fibula (pin) is composed of a crescent-shaped carved amber ornament overlaid with stripes of gold with diagonal hatching and fitted onto a bronze pin and sheath. Corroded.
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; May 1, 1902: gift of Miss Charlotte Wissmann to MFA
Gift of Miss C. Wissmann
Italic or Italic, Etruscan, Orientalizing Period, early 7th century B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 321.
Length: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Bronze, amber, gold