Bronze Age Bangle with Gold Coil

£ 2,750.00

A sturdy European Bronze Age bronze bangle with additional decoration in the form of a loose spiral of gold wire. The body of the bracelet is finely decorated with vertical incised lines around the outer edge, interspersed with geometric, double ‘V’ incisions. The gold spiral is mostly plain, with the segment before the finial twisted into a spiral before ending in a simple loop. The gold spiral is likely an earring which has been attached to the bronze band.

Date: Circa 3200-600 BC
Provenance: From the Jon Lawton private collection. Formerly from a private German collection, Munich. Earlier in a private Palm Beach collection, USA.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact, with a beautiful dark olive green patina to the surface.
Product Code: CES-18
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Spirals, especially in gold, were commonly associated with the Sun in ancient European cultures, with a loose spiral representing the long days of summer and a tight spiral, the shorter days of winter. The combined nature of this piece is unusual, and the two pieces were likely combined together at the death of their original owner, to be placed amongst their burial goods. In the early Bronze Age in Europe, burials became more individual, with the deceased laid to rest in individual, rather than communal, barrows. As a result, grave goods became more varied and personalised.

To learn more about art and culture in the Bronze Age, visit our relevant blog post: The Bronze Age.

Dimensions W 8 cm

Bronze, Gold


Western Europe

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 53.48.2.

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