Outstanding four-spiral fibula of
the Amendolara type.
Made of two single wires coiled into opposing spirals. In the center a disc with
A separately worked fibula underneath with one end coiled to extend into a pin,
the other bent down into a hook. The partially preserved second bar mounted
crosswise for reinforcement.
All elements are held together by a rivet in the center.
The four-spiral fibula is a development of the double or spectacle fibula, which
spread from the western Balkans to central Italy in the Early Iron Age.
The type is rare in Etruria.
For a similar example, cf. no. 85 in: Silvia Cassani. L’Art des peoples
italiques. Geneva 1993.
Very nice patina and rare example. Hook of the catch plate lost, edge of the
central disk chipped. Half of the reinforcement bar lost. Otherwise fine.
W. 9.4 cm (3.7 in)
Ex Swiss private collection M.E., 1988.
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