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Luristan Bronze Garment Fibula Pin - FZ.267
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 700 BC to 500 BC

Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Bronze


Additional Information: Sold

Location: United States
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The fibula pin, so-named by the Romans for its resemblance to the calf bone, first became popular in the 7th century B.C. In an age before buttons or zippers, clothing was held together by pins. The fibula operates on somewhat the same principle as a safety pin, and was less likely to slip out than the simple straight pins that it replaced in fashion. This splendid heavy example must have been the property of a person of rank. Simple yet elegant, it speaks with a subtle authority. As we hold it in our hands today, we echo the gestures of its ancient owner. Though we can never know for certain who that person was, this pin connects us in an intimate way with their vanished world. - (FZ.267)

 

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