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Fibula with an Enamel Bust
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Fibula with an Enamel Bust


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description Only a few such fibulae set with a central enamel have been excavated from Langobardic sites. Pearls were likely strung on wire through the loops surrounding the enamel, and pendants would have dangled from the three loops at the bottom. The craftsman who made this delicate pin probably copied Byzantine imperial jewelry for Langobardic rulers.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/01/1949Treatmentrepaired
9/25/1964Treatmentexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Romans and Barbarians. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston. 1976-1977.
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
  • Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling. 2016.
Provenance [From Comacchio (?)]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
7th century (Early Medieval)
Medium
cloisonne enamel on gold
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.255
Measurements
H: 2 x W: 1 7/8 x D: 7/16 in. (5.01 x 4.7 x 1.1 cm)
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