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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Other Titles
Alternate Title: small package of Etruscan fragments (fibula fragment)
Work Type
pin, fibula
7th-6th century BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe
Orientalizing period to Archaic
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Physical Descriptions
Copper alloy
Cast, lost-wax process
2.3 x 5.1 x 0.9 cm (7/8 x 2 x 3/8 in.)
Technical Details

Technical Observations: The patina is light green with dark brown oxidation where modern wear has occurred. Brown burial accretions are also present. The surface is fairly well preserved. The spring and pin have been lost. The object was cast, probably from a model made directly in wax. The catchplate and the now-lost pin were shaped by hammering after the casting process.

Henry Lie (submitted 2012)

Miss Elizabeth Gaskell Norton, Boston, MA and Miss Margaret Norton, Cambridge, MA (by 1920), gift; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1920.

Note: The Misses Norton were daughters of Charles Elliot Norton (1827-1908).
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Misses Norton
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
The bow and catchplate of this fibula are preserved, although the spring and pin are missing. The bow is short and bulbous, and it has raised ridges on its tapering ends. The catchplate is quite long in comparison to the bow, with an upturned finial at the terminal (1).


1. Compare A. Naso, I bronzi etruschi e italici del Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Kataloge vor- und frühgeschichtlicher Altertümer 33 (Mainz, 2003) 273-74, nos. 508 and 513, fig. 186, pl. 104; and B. Giuliani, “Le fibule orientalizzanti-arcaiche: Alcune forme della koinè adriatica,” in Il Museo delle Antichità Etrusche e Italiche 3: I bronzi della collezione Gorga, ed. M. G. Benedettini (Rome, 2012) 126-55, esp. 141-42, no. 440, pl. 24.

Lisa M. Anderson

Subjects and Contexts

Ancient Bronzes

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