Leech type fibula of "sanguisuga" variety - ROM2010_11486_76


Leech type fibula of "sanguisuga" variety

Medium:Hammered gold with a double spiral spring
Geography: Italy
Date: about 700-600 BC
Period: Etruscan
1.8 x 6.9 x 5 cm
Object number: 918.3.93
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

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.

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