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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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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Brooch

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

68.52

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork