Detail View: The AMICA Library: Pair of Arched Fibulae

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.1999.87.1
AMICA Library Year: 
2001
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Nationality: 
Asian; Anatolian; Phrygian
Creator Name-CRT: 
Asia Minor, Phrygia, late 8th-early 7th Century BC
Title: 
Pair of Arched Fibulae
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
725-675 BC
Creation Start Date: 
-725
Creation End Date: 
-675
Materials and Techniques: 
bronze
Classification Term: 
Metalwork
Creation Place: 
Asia Minor
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6cm x 7.5cm
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
1999.87.1
Credit Line: 
John L. Severance Fund
Rights: 
Context: 
Dated to the time of king Midas, these fibulae may have been a matched pair. The type was popular and has been found throughout Anatolia and in Greece.In the 5th century bc the Greek historian Herodotus wrote that the Phyrgian king Midas reigned in the late 8th century bc, and dedicated a throne to the oracle at Delphi. This is the earliest historical reference to the Phyrgians, a name given them by the ancient Greeks. The passage in Herodotus, taken together with archaeological finds in the Ionian Greek city states and on the Greek mainland, shows that Phyrgians and Greeks enjoyed close relations in the late 8th to early 7th centuries bc.
Link to Work: 
CMA_.1999.87.2
Related Image Identifier Link: 
CMA_.1999.87.1.TIF