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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1968.91
Title
Bow Fibula, Reels on Bow
Classification
Jewelry
Work Type
pin, fibula
Date
6th century BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Asia
Period
Archaic period
Culture
Greek
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/304115
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Fibula: Bronze; Pin: Iron
Technique
Cast, lost-wax process
Dimensions
3.1 x 3.7 x 1.2 cm (1 1/4 x 1 7/16 x 1/2 in.)
Technical Details

Chemical Composition: Fibula
XRF data from Artax 1
Alloy: Bronze
Alloying Elements: copper, tin
Other Elements: lead, zinc, iron, nickel?, arsenic

Pin
XRF data from Artax 1
Alloy: Iron
Alloying Elements: iron

K. Eremin, January 2014

Technical Observations: The patina is green, black, and red, with light gray accretions. The surface is well preserved in many areas. The original pin is lost, and the current pin is a steel replacement set into the hole in the bow for the original pin. The corrosion has been worn through to the metal at the high points.

There is some irregularity in the modeling of the bow and catchplate, and they were probably cast from a model made directly in wax. The curve of the catchplate appears to have been refined by cold working.


Henry Lie (submitted 2012)

Provenance
Richard R. Wagner, gift; to the Fogg Museum, 1968.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Richard R. Wagner
Accession Year
1968
Object Number
1968.91
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Subjects and Contexts

Ancient Bronzes

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