Bronze dragon-type fibula (safety pin)
- ca. 700–650 B.C.
- Late Villanovan or Early Etruscan
- length 6 7/16in. (16.3cm)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, 1896
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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.