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Collections / Ricerca / Etruscan Collection: Villanovan phase (900-680 B.C.)

Vase-headed cloak pin

The cloak pin is an object chiefly intended for clothing. It has the same function as the fibula, namely to hold the edges of draped clothes, which could have been pinned on the chest or shoulders.

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The cloak pin developed from quite unadorned types, such as the one showed here, to other ones that exhibited more ostentatious and composite pinheads, which sometimes consisted in pearls of various materials. Originally, cloak pins seemed to be exclusively part of men’s clothing ornaments, which spread only afterwards in women’s sepulchres too. Only in a few women’s sepulchres, some pins have been discovered intertwined with the dead woman’s hair, which demonstrates that they were also used as hairpins.

Provenance: Bologna, Benacci Necropolis, tomb 255
Datation: 800 - 750 B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: height: 8.1 cm.
Inventory #: 14328

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