- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Work Type
- fibula, pin
- 5th-4th century BCE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe
- Classical period to Hellenistic
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Copper alloy
- Cast and hammered
- 6.8 x 3.1 x 1.3 cm (2 11/16 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in.)
- Technical Details
Technical Observations: The patina is light to dark green. There are bubble-like malachite formations on the remaining portion of the catchplate. There is a thin layer of burial accretions overall. The fibula is very corroded; the cross-section at the pin break shows a layer of malachite over a thicker layer of cuprite, with very little unmineralized metal left. The pin and the plate portion of the catchplate have broken off and are both missing.
- 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 fragmentary fibula is missing its pin. Two to three coils of the spring are present. The bow expands from the spring into a wide, flat, lozenge-shape with bands of decoration on the edges (possibly beaded) and is slightly concave on the exterior. The bow narrows as it approaches the foot. The foot is flat, widening sharply into a rectangle after the end of the bow, and it has some additional molded decoration on the edges. A slight edge on the underside of the foot indicates where the catchplate had been. The foot expands into a cube-sphere-knob terminal (1).
1. It is difficult to attribute this fibula to a type, but it is perhaps comparable to A. Dionisio, “Le fibule tra il V e il I secolo A.C.,” in Il Museo delle Antichità Etrusche e Italiche 3: I bronzi della collezione Gorga, ed. M. G. Benedettini (Rome, 2012) 156-91, esp. 165, no. 474, pl. 28.
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Art Museums" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, June 1998), Unpublished,
- Subjects and Contexts
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