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Bow Fibula

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Description Bow fibulae are also called "digitated" fibulae due to the radiating knobs that resemble fingers or digits emerging from the headplate. The knobs of early (4th-century) fibulae were functional and held the springs of the pin. At a later date, as in this five-knobbed example made in the first half of the 6th century, the knobs were purely decorative. This five-knobbed fibula is set with red glass pastes on the digits and garnets on the bow. It is a type commonly found in northern France and the Rhineland.
Date Description Narrative
10/24/1960Treatmentcleaned; coated
6/08/1983Loan Considerationexamined for loan
4/19/1984Treatmentcleaned; coated
5/03/1996Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • Smith College Museum of Art Early Medieval Research. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton. 1996.
Provenance Carlebach Gallery, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1959, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the S. & A.P. Fund, 1959

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1st half 6th century (Early Medieval)
gilt bronze with garnets and glass paste
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H: 3 9/16 x W: 2 x D: 5/16 in. (9.1 x 5.2 x 0.9 cm)


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