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Bronze bow fibula (safety pin) with four ducks

Date:
ca. 900 B.C.
Culture:
Villanovan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 7/16 x 3/8 in. (8.8 x 1 cm) Other: 5 3/8in. (13.7cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.60.87
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The incorporation of four swimming ducks makes this fibula unusual. Delicate patterns on the bow, bold spirals above the spring and catchplate, and concentric rows of tiny dots on the clasp add to the richness of this elegant pin.
[Until 1926, with Udo Jandolo, Rome]; acquired in 1926, purchased from Udo Jandolo.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 5, fig. 14, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Kozloff, Arielle. 1981. Animals in Ancient Art from Leo Mildenberg Collection p. 104, under no. 85, Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 307, pp. 268, 467, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Barnet, Peter and Atsuyuki Nakahara. 2012. Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art. Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.. no. 7, pp. 107, 228-29, Tokyo: Yomiuri Shimbun.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 3.5, pp. 29, 33, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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