BRONZE AGE SPECTACLE BEAD

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Measurements:  length – 3.9 cm

 

Description: An European Bronze Age copper alloy spectacle ornament, possibly dress-fitting or bead, formed of a round-sectioned smooth rod spiralled tightly into two hairspring conical coils knobbing in the middle, 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. Since the middle of this item is hollow, it is suitable for modern wear on necklaces and leather strings.

 

Provenance: German private collection.

 

Reference: The British Museum

 

Period: circa 14th – 9th century BC

 

Condition: Very fine. Intact. Appealing green patination.

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