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Two fragments of a bronze fibula; (1) triangular shaped bow with bulbous knob at the apex sitting on a simple ring moulding; each arm of the bow (both ends missing) is decorated with rectangular projections with incurving sides ('double axes') and simple mouldings with slightly biconical or rounded profile; remains of a boss (very corroded) on one arm; long trough-like curving catch-plate with impression of pin; the pin. (2) long, thin slightly curving pin with round section tapering from a slightly bulbous end to a sharp point; the tip is free from corrosion where it touched the edge of the catch-plate.

AN243644001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1896,0201.95

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Bronze 1953

Bibliographic reference
Bronze 1953
Kiely 2011a 6.2
SCE IV/2 p. 114 (type 4b)
Giesen 2001 p. 187, cat. no. 38 and pl. 55
Murray, Smith and Walters 1900 p.81, Tomb 6 no. 1; p. 68 & fig. 96

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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 6 (scope note | all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus,Limassol (district),Kourion)
Date
750BC-450BC
Period/Culture
Cypro-Archaic (scope note | all objects)


Description
Two fragments of a bronze fibula; (1) triangular shaped bow with bulbous knob at the apex sitting on a simple ring moulding; each arm of the bow (both ends missing) is decorated with rectangular projections with incurving sides ('double axes') and simple mouldings with slightly biconical or rounded profile; remains of a boss (very corroded) on one arm; long trough-like curving catch-plate with impression of pin; the pin. (2) long, thin slightly curving pin with round section tapering from a slightly bulbous end to a sharp point; the tip is free from corrosion where it touched the edge of the catch-plate.

Dimensions
Length: 7.5 centimetres (max)


Curator's comments
Belongs to Richter's type IV fibula (G. Richter, 'The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Greek, Roman and Etruscan Bronzes' (New York, 1915), pp. 311-314); Gjerstad's type 4b (SCE IV/2, p. 144 and fig. 25; pp. 182-184) and Giesen's type X (op. cit.). The fibula, which is 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 op. cit.; H.-G. Buchholz, 'Ein kyprischer Fibeltypus und seine Verbreitung', in: V. Karageorgeorghis ed. 'Cyprus between Orient and Occident' (Nicosia, 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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