serpentiform


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serpentiform

(sɜːˈpɛntɪˌfɔːm)
adj
having the form or shape of a serpent
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Five categories are defined: A) bow fibulae with symmetrical, disc- or elongated foot, which comprise 21 classes and 140 types; B) bow fibulae with long foot, which consist of 12 classes and 145 types; C) serpentiform fibulae with symmetrical, disc- or elongated foot, of which there are 10 classes and 83 types; D) serpentiform fibulae with long foot, consisting of 8 classes and 48 types; E) fibulae with bow parallel to the pin, of which there are 7 classes and 55 types.
We discover that the serpentiform fibulae with two loops and curved bow and pin (class XLI), frequently defined in the literature as Sicilian types, occur mainly in Calabria and Basilicata and far less often in Sicily.
Vertical serpentiform motifs are also found on orthostats 4, 6 and 8 at Gavrinis; on orthostat 8, three serpentiforms (two of them carved in raised relief) rise from the base of the stone (Shee Twohig 1981: figures 115-118; Le Roux 1985: plate XXI; 1992).