BRONZE AGE SPECTACLE RING
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Measurements: length – 6.8 cm, internal diameter – 2.1 cm, approximate ring sizes: UK – W to X, US – 11 ¼ to 11 ¾
Description: An European Bronze Age copper alloy spectacle ring, formed from a round-sectioned smooth rod spiralled tightly into two hairspring coils connected by the spiral ring in the middle. The shape resembles spectacles from where the name of this type of ornament originates. This type of ornament emerged in the Central Europe in the Middle Bronze Age and spread across Europe, notably in the late Tumulus, Urnfield and Hallstatt cultures.
Provenance: German private collection.
Reference: for the fragments of similar items: A. MacGregor, Antiquities from Europe and the Near East in the collection of the Lord McAlpine of West Green, Oxford, 1987, p. 96, 98.
On ornament: D. W. Harding, The Archaeology of Celtic Art, Oxon, 2007, pp. 33-34.
Period: circa 14th – 9th century BC
Condition: Very fine. Intact. Appealing green patination.
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