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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Coiled Band
Work Type
9th-8th century BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe
Iron Age
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Physical Descriptions
Copper alloy
3.8 x 3.7 x 1.1 cm (1 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 7/16 in.)
Technical Details

Technical Observations: The patina is a mottled green and has remains of tan burial accretions. The band is formed from a single, slightly faceted wire that has a relatively consistent round section. The wire was bent back on itself at its midpoint and curled into a doubled coil. One wire terminal is tapered and fits into a sleeve formed by the other terminal, which is flattened, curved, and currently broken.

Francesca G. Bewer (submitted 2012)

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Nagler
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 band is made of a long wire that has been bent double and coiled into two and a half spirals, making the band four to six wires thick. The ends of the wire are not currently bound together, but on one end, there is a thicker blob of metal, possibly showing that they were joined by adding molten metal that has since cracked, with the wires separating.

Although a specific use for the bands is not known, in the cases where they have been excavated, they have been found in pairs in female graves (1).


1. See F. Jurgeit, Die etruskischen und italischen Bronzen sowie Gegenstände aus Eisen, Blei, und Leder im Badischen Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, Terra Italia 5 (Pisa, 1999) 595, no. 1013, pl. 276; and K. Kilian, Früheisenzeitliche Funde aus der Südostnekropole von Sala Consilina (1970) 188-89, type R4a, pls. 43, 61, 78, and 89. Similar bands, such as Kilian’s type R4b, also have small rings attached, like 1987.135.30; see ibid., pl. 23, Gr A55. Compare also A. M. Bietti Sestieri and E. Macnamara, Prehistoric Metal Artefacts from Italy (3500-720 BC) in the British Museum (London, 2007) 19 and 195, “bracelet” type 4, nos. 638-44; a ring is attached to no. 638.

Lisa M. Anderson

Publication History

Julie Wolfe, "Analysis of Iron Age Bronze Fibulae from Southern Italy in the Collection of the Harvard University Art Museums" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, June 1998), Unpublished, p. 1-14 passim.

Subjects and Contexts

Ancient Bronzes

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