Period: Iron Age

Date: ca. 8th–7th century B.C.

Geography: Phrygia

Culture: Phrygian

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 2.32 x 0.67 x 2.76 in. (5.89 x 1.7 x 7.01 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Ornaments

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1970

Accession Number: 1970.231.1


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.