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Bow Fibula
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Bow Fibula


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description Bow fibula were used in pairs to fasten clothing on each shoulder of the wearer, usually a woman. This type of elegant silver fibula was popular with the Visigoths with its clean and simple lines. The three knobs (one missing) projecting off the head-plate would have held the springs of the pin, while the metal strips to which they are attached would have reinforced the thin silver.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/24/1956Treatmentcleaned
11/15/1974Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Heirs of the Empire in North Africa-The Kingdom of the Vandals. Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe. 2009-2010.
Provenance Carlebach Gallery, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, March 10, 1959, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the S. & A.P. Fund, 1959

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Period
5th-6th century (Early Medieval)
Medium
silver
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.1878
Measurements
7 1/16 x 2 13/16 x 15/16 in. (18 x 7.2 x 2.4 cm)
Geographies
  • Spain (Place of Origin)
  • Austria (Place of Origin)

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