Fibula with crouching lion - ROM2010_11486_73


Fibula with crouching lion

Medium:Gold, repousse and granulation
Geography: Italy
Date: 700-500 BC
Period: Etruscan
2.4 x 9.05 x 2.3 cm, 10.58 g
Object number: 918.3.96
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

The exquisite brooch is decorated with a lion recumbent on a bed of flowers. The details are enhanced with very fine granulation; the lion and flowers are worked in repoussé.

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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