Bronze dragon-type fibula (safety pin)

Late Villanovan or Early Etruscan

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.

Bronze dragon-type fibula (safety pin), Bronze, Late Villanovan or Early Etruscan

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