c. 700–675 BC
Overall: 15.4 x 11.2 cm (6 1/16 x 4 7/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1999.9
A fibula is an ancient safety pin that held garments in place.
The crescent body of this bronze fibula (brooch) features both incised and punched decoration. Three sets of three arrows have been interpreted as indicating the daily route of the sun, shown at the arc’s center as a series of radiating punch marks within a shallowly incised circle. When worn, the arc may have hung downward, a large ornamental addition to the functional pin used to secure its wearer’s clothing.
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