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Crossbow Fibula
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Crossbow Fibula

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Description This crossbow fibula was found together with a buckle (Walters 57.664) and some glass beads in 1876 at Nagy-Várad, Hungary (Oradea, Romania). It is decorated with garnet settings, cast S-shaped scrolls and banding, and four animal headed terminals, the largest with garnet inlaid eyes.
Date Description Narrative
  • 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.
Provenance [Found in Nagy-Várad (Grosswardein, Hungary, now Oradea, Romania), 1876]; A. Bolonyi, Jr. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Nagy-Várad Museum, Oradea (Romania), c. 1876, by gift; Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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5th century (Early Medieval)
gilded silver, garnets, glass
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
2 9/16 x 1 1/2 x 11/16 in. (6.5 x 3.8 x 1.7 cm)
  • Romania, Oradea (Nagy-Várad) (Place of Discovery)
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Not On View


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