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Fibula

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late 4th/ early 3rd century B.C. Campania, etruscan (?)goldH 3,5 cm; L 7,9 cm

This golden fibula belongs to the masterpieces of antique jewellery. Functioning much like a safety pin, it was used as a brooch for garbs. The ornamental and floral patterns are examples of the finest filigree work. They consist of small golden beads, which were arranged in patterns and then soldered onto the golden ground. This granulation method gives a highly three-dimensional effect because of the interplay of light and dark.