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Bronze dragon-type fibula (safety pin)

Period:
Geomtric-Archaic
Date:
ca. 700–650 B.C.
Culture:
Late Villanovan or Early Etruscan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
length 6 7/16in. (16.3cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.356
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The pronounced elongation of pin and clasp indicates a relatively late date for this type of fibula, which was popular with men. Similar but less elongated versions have been found in Tarquinia, in the so-called Tomb of the Warrior of about 700 B.C. This tomb, discovered in 1869, contained the skeleton of a man of about seventy years. He was equipped with elaborate armor, weapons, jewelry, and a great deal of pottery.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1028, p. 325, New York: Gilliss Press.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 3.3, pp. 29, 33, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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