Bronze navicella-type fibula (safety pin)

Early Etruscan

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

The people of ancient Italy used fibulae to fasten their garments and also to display wealth. Navicella (little boat) fibulae have arched bows and were used almost exclusively by females from the end of the ninth century B.C.

Bronze navicella-type fibula (safety pin), Bronze, Early Etruscan

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