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Serpentine fibula (pin)

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An elaborate "safety-pin" is made from a single piece of bronze; there is a double loop in the bow, and the section between the loops is twisted. The catch comprises a double fold of metal flattened at the end into a large, round plate with a broad, spiral cutting. Light green patina, slightly...

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By date unknown: Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA, February 11, 1952

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes

Italic, Geometric Period, 8th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 336.


Length: 14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Brooches