A European Bronze Age bronze ring formed from a round-sectioned single rod spiralled tightly into a hair-spring coil flowing into a conical spiral ring convergent to the free end. Single spiral terminal rings are comparatively rare. This type of ornament emerged in Central Europe in the Middle Bronze Age and spread across Europe, notably in the late Tumulus, Urnfield and Hallstatt cultures. UK ring size L.
Date: Circa 3200-600 BC Provenance: From a German private collection. Condition: Very fine. Intact. Appealing green patination. Minor signs of wear to the surface of the coil.
Finger and toe rings appear to have been worn by both sexes during this period. The spiral is a dynamic symbol, indicating endless movement and in use from the Neolithic period onwards (circa 5000 BC). Bronze craftsmen continued to use the pattern during the Bronze Age, though more flamboyant and flatter spiral patterns were favoured.
To learn more about art and culture in the Bronze Age, visit our relevant blog post: The Bronze Age.