BRONZE AGE SPIRAL RING
Measurements: length – 4.8 cm, internal diameter – 1.6 cm, approximate ring sizes: UK – L, US – 5 ¾
Description: An European Bronze Age copper alloy ring formed from a square-sectioned 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 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: A. MacGregor, Antiquities from Europe and the Near East in the collection of the Lord McAlpine of West Green, Oxford, 1987, p. 94, it. 8.7.
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. Minor signs of wear to the surface of a coil.