Fibulae, ancient safety pins, had a long history in the ancient world, beginning in the late second millennium B.C. in Europe and Greece. The flat arc of this fibula is cast as a semicircle with the addition of hollow studs applied as decoration on the arc and its catch and terminals; the pin is added. This piece is one of the most characteristic of Phrygian fibulae of the second half of the eighth century B.C.
Acquired by the Museum in 1970, purchased from Peter Mol, Amsterdam.
"Origin and Influence, Cultural Contacts: Egypt, the Ancient Near East, and the Classical World," The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, December 18, 1970–April 23, 1971.
Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 101 (Jul. 1, 1970 - Jun. 30, 1971), p. 15.
Muscarella, Oscar W. 1988. Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 425, no. 573.