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Spiral Fibula
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Spiral Fibula

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Description Spiral decorative elements reached Greece by the 9th century BC and were enormously popular in both Greece and Italy throughout the Geometric period. Oversized ornaments of bronze, including belts, necklaces with massive beads and pendants, bracelets, and particularly pins, or "fibulae," have been found in graves and in sanctuaries as personal dedications. The fibulae were constructed much like our modern safety pins, with a spring for tension and a catchplate to hold the pin in place. They were often worn in pairs on the shoulders to secure garments.
  • The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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9th-8th century BCE (Iron Age-Orientalizing)
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H: 9 5/16 x W: 3 11/16 x D: 1 1/16 in. (23.7 x 9.4 x 2.7 cm)
  • Italy (Place of Origin)


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