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An extremely fine restrung European Bronze Age necklace made from bronze, and comprising ten lengths of wire, each formed into a tight tube with a bronze ring spacer bead. Towards the base, a shield-shaped disc is formed from a single length of bronze wire, twisted into two similar figure-of-eight spirals with loop in between.
Date: Circa 3200-600 BC Condition: Excellent condition, restrung. The necklace can be worn with care.
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.