The J. Paul Getty Museum

Fibula with Rosettes

Object Details

Title:

Fibula with Rosettes

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Etruscan

Place:

Etruria (Place Created)

Date:

525–500 B.C.

Medium:

Gold

Object Number:

83.AM.3.1

Dimensions:

4.6 × 2 × 1.5 cm (1 13/16 × 13/16 × 9/16 in.)

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Object Description

This leech-shaped fibula ("fibula a sanguisuga") has a hollow arched bow and is decorated with beaded wire, granulation, and foil rosettes on the sides of the bow and at the end of the long catchplate. The pin is thicker at the end than in the middle, which is unusual, and remains of solder near the catchplate is not a repair but rather part of the original construction. Women often wore multiple fibulae to fasten their garments. Many examples of this fibula type come from cemeteries at the site of Vulci.

Provenance
Provenance
by 1982 - 1983

Robin Symes, Limited, Founded 1977, dissolved 2005 (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Bibliography
Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1983." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12 (1984), p. 256, no. 138.3.B.