Fibula
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Fibula

Cerveteri, Regolini Galassi Tomb
mid 7th cent. BC
gold
cat. 20552

Among the splendid gold ornaments that decorated the body of the deceased placed in the end cell (cf. breastplate), there is an enormous fibula (ancient version of the modern safety pin, used for holding and decorating clothes) decorated with geometrical motifs, of plant and animal inspiration, executed with various sophisticated techniques: granulation, embossing, punching. The small ducks in full relief on the arch are obtained by welding together the two halves obtained from an embossed sheet. The lions on the disk are also embossed and cut from another sheet.