[WORLDKINGS] Top 100 famous Artworks in the World – P58. Fibula with Orientalizing lions, Italy.


(Worldkings.org) - Fibula with Orientalizing lions, from the Regolini-Galassi Tomb, Cerveteri, Italy, ca. 650-640 BCE. Gold


During the 8th and 7th centuries BCE, the Etruscans were experiencing immense wealth, they were enriched and refined through nautical travelling and foreign trading; the prosperity had also led to another great success of the Etruscans, exploring and mining rich minerals such as gold, silver, iron and tin.

 Greek art had an enormous impact on the Orientalizing period. Style was also influenced by the orien; thus, the Orientalizing artworks were very distinctive and recognizable. One of the masterpieces of the Early Etruscan art, a gold ornament manufactured from the Orientalizing art period, a fibula with Orientalizing lions, was discovered in the Regolini-Galassi (named for the excavators) Tomb, which belonged to a wealthy Etruscan family.



The term fibula refers to a clasp which fixed the garment at the shoulder, it was adorned by the ancients; however, since the fibula was dedicated to the deceased, the motifs followed a certain belief; the interpretation of this fibula is that the motifs allude and symbolize the strength and power of life cycle and rebirth of our nature.



 The art work was manufactured through the techniques of repoussé - hammering metal pieces from the back in order to create a desired form in the front, and granulation - fusing metal balls onto the surface which was done to the bottom of the fibula. Circlets and golden pectoral (covered a deceased woman’s chest) were discovered along with the fibula.


According to wikipedia


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