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Fibula (Pin)

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Object Number:50-1-62
Current Location: Etruscan Italy Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Italic
Provenience: Mediterranean
Date Made: 8th c. BCE
Early Date: -799
Late Date: -700
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Bronze
Length: 4.3 cm
Width: 3.25 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. R. Hare Davis, 1950

Description

Intact; dark patina. Small fibula with bow thickened toward center, loop to form spring, and triangular catch. Fine incised lines on front of bow. Four rings, three large and one smaller.

Bronze fibula with rings attached. This early fibula, with four bronze rings strung on its pin, would have been used to fasten woolen garments. Fibulae were common in the grave goods of both men and women in the Early Villanova period. This one has a slightly swollen bow and a relatively small catchplate (the folded end used to secure the pin). In time, bows and catchplates would become more pronounced.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Classical World - Etruscan World (15 Mar 2003) View Objects in Exhibition
Classical Gallery: Etruscan (1975 - 2000) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Exhibition] Turfa, Jean M. 2005. Catalogue of the Etruscan Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 85-86, no. 6View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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