Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Fibula (garment fastener)
Geometric Period, 8th century BCE
H: 6; W: 13.5 cm
Gift of Norma Copley, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 83.32.23
Brooches like these were generally used to fasten clothing at the shoulders. Many have been discovered in graves and sanctuaries, where they were deposited as gifts.
“They wrought many intricate things, pins that bend back, curved clasps, cups, necklaces” (Homer, Iliad 18.401).

Merhav, Rivka et al., A Glimpse into the Past: The Joseph Ternbach Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1981

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir