Monday, July 09, 2012

Late Antique Crossbow Fibula Looted from Turin

Dorothy King at Loot­busters passed over details of a cross­bow fibu­la which was stolen from the Museo d'Anti­chi­ta in Turin. It can be dated fair­ly pre­cise­ly to AD306-307 thanks to the two inscrip­tions: CON­STAN­TINE CAES VIVAS andHER­CULI CAES VIVAS.

The most recent analy­sis of the fibu­la is by Bar­bara Leppert-Lippitz in "A Late Antique Cross­bow Fibu­la", Met­ro­pol­i­tan Muse­um Jour­nal 35 (2000), pp39-70, espe­cial­ly pp49-50. She writes: