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Bow Fibula

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Fibula with semicircular head capped by three integral knobs, arched bow, and rounded foot; on the reverse, two loops and a catch for the pin. Bow and foot of equal width. Cast in one piece, engraved, punched, nielloed, and gilded. The head is decorated with a pair of chip-carved S-spirals...

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Until 1967, Hugo Oelze (d. 1967), Amsterdam; 1967, by inheritance to his brother, Dr. F. W. Oelze, Germany [see note 1]; 1968, sold by Dr. Oelze to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 13, 1968) Notes: [1] See MFA curatorial recommendation letter of March 13, 1968 by Hanns Swarzenski.

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Otis Norcross Fund


German or northern French, Early medieval, first half of 6th century


8.3 x 4.4 cm (3 1/4 x 1 3/4 in.)

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Silver (92.8% silver, 5.1% copper, 1.3% gold, .8% lead) with niello and gilding