- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Coiled Band
- Work Type
- 9th-8th century BCE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe
- Iron Age
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Copper alloy
- 1 x 2.7 x 2.8 cm (3/8 x 1 1/16 x 1 1/8 in.)
- Technical Details
Technical Observations: The patina is a mottled green and has remnants of tan burial accretions. The band is formed from a single, slightly faceted wire that has a somewhat uneven round section. The wire was bent back on itself at its midpoint and curled into a doubled coil. Both ends of the wire taper but are broken off at the tips; one end is slightly shorter because of this.
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 one-fourth spirals, making the band four to six wires thick. The ends of the wire are broken.
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Art Museums" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, June 1998), Unpublished, p. 1-14 passim.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
- Related Works
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