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Fibula (Pin)

400–200 BCE
Overall: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)
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Location: 102D Pre-Roman

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This fibula’s elaborate surface includes soldered gold wire and granulated spheres.


This extravagant fibula, likely used to fasten garments, is decorated with gold rosettes and vines. An enormous leech-shaped bow and pin form the body of the fibula. A band of rosettes adorns the center of the bow. Above the bow, a gold plaque is adorned with an eight-petaled flower and palmette filigree. A gold bead, perhaps representing a pomegranate, tops the plaque. The bead is crowned with oblong petals and sprouting leaves.
Fibula (Pin)

Fibula (Pin)

400–200 BCE

South Italy, Campania

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