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Fragment of a bronze fibula; triangular shaped bow with large bulbous knob sitting on a flat moulding at the apex; each arm of the bow is decorated with rectangular projections with incurving sides ('double axes') flanked by slightly biconical mouldings; ends of arms, pin and catch-plate missing; metal very corroded.

AN916607001001

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Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1896,0201.227

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Bronze 1954

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011a 1.4
Bronze 1954
Giesen 2001 p. 188, cat. no. 41 and pl. 56
Murray, Smith and Walters 1900 p. 81, Tomb 1 no. 3; p. 68 & fig. 95

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Object types
fibula (all objects)

Materials
bronze (scope note | all objects)
Techniques
cast (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Cyprus (all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus)
Place (findspot)
Excavated/Findspot Kourion, 'Site A' (Kaloriziki), tomb 1 (scope note | all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus,Limassol (district),Kourion)
Date
750BC-475BC
Period/Culture
Cypro-Archaic (scope note | all objects)


Description
Fragment of a bronze fibula; triangular shaped bow with large bulbous knob sitting on a flat moulding at the apex; each arm of the bow is decorated with rectangular projections with incurving sides ('double axes') flanked by slightly biconical mouldings; ends of arms, pin and catch-plate missing; metal very corroded.

Dimensions
Length: 6.2 centimetres (surviving)


Curator's comments
Belongs to Richter's type IV fibula (The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Greek, Roman and Etruscan Bronzes, 1915, p. 311-314); Gjerstad's type 4b (SCE IV/2, p. 144 and fig. 25; pp. 382-384) and Giesen's type X. The fibula, which also known in silver versions, represents a local development of a widely occuring model found all over the eastern Mediterranean which ultimately derives from the Aegean (Giesen 2001 supra; H.-G. Buchholz, 'Ein kyprischer Fibeltypus und seine Verbreitung', in: V. Karageorgeorghis (ed.),'Cyprus between Orient and Occident', 1986, pp. 223-245; See also J. Birmingham. 'The development of the fibula in Cyprus and the Levant', Palestine Exploration Quarterly 95, pp. 80-111).


Acquisition date
1896

Acquisition name
Excavated by Turner Bequest Excavations, Curium (biographical details | all objects)
From Turner Bequest Excavations, Curium (biographical details | all objects)
Funded by Emma Tourner Turner (bequest) (biographical details | all objects)


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