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Fibula

  • Place of origin:

    Tuscany (Probably, made)

  • Date:

    500-500 BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, stamped work

  • Museum number:

    8840-1863

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 2, shelf B, box 10

This is a well known type of gold brooch (finula), popular in Etruria towards the end of the sixth century BC. The type developed from the basic bow fibula, which had already been popular in Italy for several hundred years. The once simple bow-shape has been replaced by the body of an animal.
The brooch is made from gold sheet with the animals made in two halves which have been stamped into a mould and soldered together lengthwisedown their body.
This brooch is decorated with two sphinges, a mythical animal with a female head and the body of a lion with wings.

Physical description

Pin (fibula), gold, decorated with winged sphinxes and lion-heads in stamped work.

Place of Origin

Tuscany (Probably, made)

Date

500-500 BC (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold, stamped work

Dimensions

Height: 1.7 cm, Width: 8 cm, Depth: 1.6 cm

Object history note

Webb Collection

Descriptive line

Fibula, gold, with winged sphinxes and lion-heads in stamped work, Tuscany (Etruria), 550-500 BC

Materials

Gold

Techniques

Embossing

Subjects depicted

Lions; Sphinxes; Mythology; Mythological beasts

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Myths & Legends

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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