Leech-type fibula - ROM2010_11486_72

ROM2010_11486_72

Leech-type fibula

Medium:Gold
Geography: Etruria (Tuscany), Italy
Date: c. 600-500 BC
Period: Etruscan
Dimensions:
0.7 x 2.5 cm, 0.4 cm, 0.45 g
Object number: 918.3.97
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria
Description

Leech-type fibula with fine minature work.

Before the adoption of fitted tunics and the Roman toga, clothes required pinning at the shoulders, sides, and on the arms. The brooches used for this comprised an arched element and a pin with a coiled spring. The bow and catch-plate took various forms, and were usually decorated. Early Etruscan types included a simple curved bow, the undulating "serpentine", and the thick hollow-cast leech-shape. Later types became smaller and simpler.


Collection:
Greek World
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