DescriptionThis bronze fibula has a figured arc, in which a cart pulled by a long-horned bovine is depicted. On the bovine’s back there is a small human figure with separated legs, stretched arms and fingers outlined by incised signs. This figurine holds a short spear in his right hand, while his left hand is guiding a deer with the muzzle knotted by a lace. On the cart there is a dog – with straight ears and a tail curving upwards – and a second human figure with a decorated shield and a scepter (or a club) is positioned in the dominant place. On the outside of the cart, near the back of the wheel, there is a second dog with the tail curving downwards. The human figurines have massive, elongated heads, characterized by incised, parallel signs.
The scene represented has various interpretations. It might be a deer-hunting scene, or, because of the presence of the bovine pulling the cart, it could represent the funerary ceremony accompanying the deceased to the underworld. According to a third interpretation, it might be the representation of a sacrifice during which a priest is sending the evils away hitting the shield with the club.
The fibula was found in a tomb (n. 45) inside a large funerary mound. The tomb, according to the other funerary goods recovered, belonged to an eminent man, member of the local community.