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Fibula
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Fibula


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The bow of this gold crossbow fibula is inlaid with an inscription in niello. The top of the bow has a vine-scroll in niello, which contains a small bird. The crossbar with bead finials has been broken and repaired. The pin is missing. Gold fibulae with inscriptions seem to have been special gifts, and several are identified as gifts from Constantine and other emperors. The present inscription has been shown by Van Buchem to be a Christian motto referring to the afterlife.
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.
Provenance Henri Daguerre, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] VIVAS/VIATOR [Translation] Good Luck/Traveler
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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Period
4th century (Late Antique)
Medium
gold, niello
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.562
Measurements
L: 1 15/16 x W: 1 3/4 in. (5 x 4.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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