- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- "Kraftig profilierte" Fibula
- Work Type
- pin, fibula
- 1st-early 2nd century CE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World
- Roman Imperial period
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Leaded bronze
- Cast and hammered
- 4.8 x 2.1 cm (1 7/8 x 13/16 in.)
- Technical Details
Chemical Composition: ICP-MS/AAA data from sample, Leaded Bronze:
Cu, 81.92; Sn, 8.08; Pb, 8.78; Zn, 0.509; Fe, 0.17; Ni, 0.04; Ag, 0.22; Sb, 0.14; As, 0.14; Bi, less than 0.025; Co, less than 0.01; Au, less than 0.01; Cd, less than 0.001
Technical Observations: These fibulae (1985.134, 1985.135, 1985.136.A, 1985.143, 1985.144, and 1985.145) are generally intact, and the patinas range from green to black.
Each fibula was made in three sections. First, a rod, with one rounded end and the other squarish or hammered flat, was used for the crossbar. Then a wire was coiled around the crossbar, starting in the middle and coiling to one end, at which point it was bent across the top of the fibula to the other end of the crossbar; this wire coiled back to the middle of the crossbar then extended out to become the pin. Finally, the top of the cast bow was hammered over the crossbar, which secured the wire that extends across the top of the fibula as well as the inner end of the coiled wire. The other end of the bow was hammered out to form the catchplate.
Carol Snow (submitted 2002)
- 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
This small fibula was made in three pieces (1). The headplate is rectangular. A sharply raised horizontal band with raised ridges on either side decorates the center of the bow. A molded ridge traverses the spine. A pointed knob with a double collar decorates the foot. The hammered catchplate is curved at the bottom to form the catch for the pin (2).
1. See the “Technical Observations” field for a description of the three pieces and the coil spring.
2. Compare E. Ettlinger, Die römischen Fibeln in der Schweiz (Bern, 1973) 61-63 (type 13), pls. 5.4-6 and18.1-19; and R. Hattatt, Brooches of Antiquity: A Third Selection of Brooches from the Author’s Collection (Oxford, 1987) 32-35, nos. 758-61, fig. 13.
Lisa M. Anderson
- Subjects and Contexts
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