The J. Paul Getty Museum

Leech Fibula with Rosettes

Object Details

Title:

Leech Fibula with Rosettes

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Etruscan

Place:

Etruria (Place Created)

Date:

525–475 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 (a sanguisuga) is made of two joined halves and decorated with beaded wire and small rosettes along the spine of the hollow bow. On top of the catch-plate are two pairs of gold granules enclosed by scrolls. Adhered to the sides of the bow and at the end of the long catch-plate are gold foil rosettes.

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.

C. Mattusch, “Field Notes,” Archaeological News 13 (1984), p. 34.