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Square-Headed Fibula
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Square-Headed Fibula


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Description From surviving depictions, we know that these "fibulae" or brooches were worn by men on their shoulders with the square part facing upwards. Depending on the style of the garment or mantle, one or two of these brooches were used to hold it in place. The size and intricacy of this example makes it likely that it belonged to a high-ranking state or church official.
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2001-2002.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2002-2005.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance William Eadkins; Sale, Sothebys, London, May 21-25, 1891, lot 585; Pitt Rivers Museum, Farnham, Dorset, England; Walters Art Museum, 1975, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1975

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Period
late 6th century (Early Medieval)
Medium
gilded bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2508
Measurements
L: 5 1/2 x W: 2 11/16 x D: 13/16 in. (14 x 6.8 x 2.1 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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