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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.145
Title
"Kraftig profilierte" Fibula
Classification
Jewelry
Work Type
pin, fibula
Date
1st-early 2nd century CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World
Period
Roman Imperial period
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/304393
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Leaded bronze
Technique
Cast and hammered
Dimensions
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
J. Riederer

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
1985
Object Number
1985.145
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

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).

NOTES:

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

Ancient Bronzes

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