Gold sanguisuga-type fibulae (safety pins) with glass paste bows


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

Glass was a rare and expensive commodity in archaic Italy. A number of fibulae with bows made of glass paste have been excavated at Etruscan sites from Bologna to Veii but all of these have bronze pins and catch plates. Our examples, the only ones known to employ gold, must have significantly enhanced their owner's status.

Gold sanguisuga-type fibulae (safety pins) with glass paste bows, Gold, glass, Etruscan

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