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Bronze fibula. Composite arch fibula with terminal disc of spiral sheet. Large disc; raised bow of thin wire with square section, covered by groups of thin bronze discs all equal in diameter alternating with large biconical amber beads; semiconical beads at the two ends of the bow (only one preserved). Spring and pin missing. Decoration on spiral disc: punched and incised parallel and dotted zigzag lines along the edge; dotted circles and crosses on the surface. Small parts missing. Dark green patina with some corrosion.
- Production date
- early 9th century BC (Swaddling)
Diameter: 1.90 centimetres (largest bead)
Length: 15.60 centimetres (fibula)
Weight: 99 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Sestieri & MacNamara 2007
Associated with 1772,0309.34, probably from a tomb, and identical.
Close to Pontecagnano 1988, 55, pl. 19, type 32B18a, phase IA. No close parallels in Prehistorische Bronzefunde XIV, forthcoming, but see XVII.1 (99), ‘Fibule ad arco rivestito semicircolare, a sezione quadrangolare e staffa a disco-spirale martellato’ (general similarity). These two identical fibulae, probably from an important woman’s burial, are prestige objects, as is indicated by the accurate manufacture and amber insertions on the arch. They belong to the Villanovan metal working tradition, as indicated by the spiral disc associated with an arch fibula, and by the arch threaded with bronze discs.
Bibliography: Bietti Sestieri 1986, ‘Fibulae’, 11, no. 42, and fig. p. 23.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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