5 December 2012
PROPERTY FROM A MIDWESTERN COLLECTION
A GREEK BRONZE PLATE FIBULA
THESSALY, LATE GEOMETRIC PERIOD, CIRCA SECOND HALF OF THE 8TH CENTURY B.C.
The bow, rectangular in section, preserving two turns of the spring, with a row of disk ridges and five faceted biconical beads, the large flat catch-plate finely incised on each face, one side with a horse facing left, a bird above its back, within a broad border of several bands, some with hatching; the heavily-oxidized other side with a central animal within an elaborate border of hatched meander
4 in. (10.2 cm.) long
Leo Mildenberg, Zurich, prior to 1981.
The Leo Mildenberg Collection; Christie's, London, 26-27 October 2004, lot 272.
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A.P. Kozloff, ed., Animals in Ancient Art from the Leo Mildenberg Collection, Cleveland, 1981, no. 72.
According to Mitten (p. 91 in Kozloff, ed., op. cit.) this fibula "is one of the finest and most elegantly incised products of Thessalian metalworking workshops known to date."
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