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Leech Bow Fibula

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1959A205
Collection:Antiquities - Classical Greek & Roman
Date:600 BC - 600 BC


The pre-Roman peoples of central Italy made lots of bronze jewellery. Quite a lot of the brooches and other pieces are decorated with birds, like the three ducks on this example.Brooches were very important to the Greeks and the Romans because they tended not to wear clothes that were tailored to fit, like the clothes we wear. Instead they used rectangular pieces of cloth that were wrapped around the body and pinned in place with brooches.

Purchased at Sotheby's.

Further Information

Production Period:Etruscan
Place of Origin:Italy - possibly


Height:65 mm