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Large bronze fibula with incised designs, including possible mythological scenes, on both sides of the plate; cast, hammered and incised; very large lunate plate edged with a border of overlapping semi-circles; on the left side the arm is decorated with movable six-pointed star; on the right with a large boss; most of the pin apart from the double-coiled spring and lower part of shaft is missing.
Both faces are decorated with a large rosette on each facem incised with a border of parallel lines and overlapping semi-sircles framing a complex formation of petals. Side A: on the left of the rosette, a small male figure fights a mostrous snake-like creature, possibly Herakles and the Hydra; large fish and birds in the field. On the right side of the rosette are the hind-legs of a horse on wheels with a rectangular body; a foreleg is visible on a non-joining fragment of the plate attached to the arm: this is presuambly the Wooden Horse of Troy; large birds in the field to the left of the horse, with a smaller one underneath.
Side B: left of the rosettes are male warriors with round shields, spears, greaves (?), and crested helmets facing right; small to medium-sized birds int he field; right of the central motif is a complex mix of animals and people: a lion facing a human; a standing woman holding a cup (?) facing a large horse; a man in a boat (?).
Incomplete: the surving fragments of the plate comprise three non-joining fragments; substantial portiosn of the upper part of the plate also missing; most of pin apart from the spring and approximately one-fifth of the pin is present.Metal corroded and encrusted in places.
- Production date
- 680BC (circa)
Length: 20.32 centimetres
- On display (G12/dc9)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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