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Villanovan Fibula

Object Details

Title:

Villanovan Fibula

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Villanovan

Place:

Italy (Place Created)

Date:

725–700 B.C.

Medium:

Bronze and amber

Object Number:

78.AC.338

Dimensions:

9 × 6 × 4 cm (3 9/16 × 2 3/8 × 1 9/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of David Collins

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Object Description

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.

Provenance
Provenance
-1978

David Collins (Beverly Hills, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.