David Collins (Beverly Hills, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.
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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 110, The Etruscans
Italy (Place Created)
Bronze and amber
9 × 6 × 4 cm (3 9/16 × 2 3/8 × 1 9/16 in.)
Gift of David Collins
The bow of this heavy leech-shaped fibula (fibula a sanguisuga), which has a short catchplate, is cast in bronze with incised and inlaid decoration on the swollen bow. There are six transverse bands of fine parallel lines around the circumference of the bow, each framed by a row of punched dots, between the amber inlays. Three rows of recesses run along the length of the bow, and consist of three rectangular cavities between two circular ones on either side of the bow, and five rectangles on the underside of the bow. Each recess once held amber inlays, only five of which (one circle and four rectangles) are intact.