About this artwork
Situated at the crossroads of Mediterranean trade routes, the Etruscans were avid importers of Greek vases with figural decoration, such as the stamnos (mixing jar) by the Chicago Painter in case 25. Many of these vessels survive today because they were buried with their Etruscan owners, and were discovered in tombs only during the last several centuries. The examples here were made by local artists who quickly adopted the decorative motifs and painted styles of imported wares and adapted them to local tastes in order to capture some of the market.
Worn as a clasp for clothing, this type of double-spiral fibula was popular in Greece before the style was adopted in the southern Italian peninsula.
Currently Off View
- Ancient and Byzantine Art
- Ancient Greek
- Fibula (Garment Pin)
- Southern Italy
- 800 AD
- 4.3 × 10 × 1.2 cm (1 3/4 × 25.4 × 1/2 in.)
- Gift of the Staff of the Art Institute of Chicago