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Leech Fibula (Brooch)

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


Geometric Period (800–700 BCE)


Greek; Thessaly

About this artwork

This precious bronze object is a votive, or devotional gift, made as an offering to the gods. They come in many forms, such as animals, beads and brooches. Many seem once to have been attached to something else. Votiveswere hung from sacred trees or placed in sanctuaries around Greece. Once a shrine was full, the votives were ceremonially buried to make room for more offerings.


On View, Gallery 152


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Leech Fibula (Brooch)


Thessalía (Object made in)

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800 BCE–700 BCE




4.2 × 5.1 × 2 cm (1 5/8 × 2 × 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander

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