A European Bronze Age bronze spectacle fastener, formed of a round-sectioned smooth rod spiralled tightly into two hair-spring coils connected by a loop. The loop to the top would have been used as an attachment. This type of fastener was widely distributed from the Balkans to Greece and Italy.
Date: Circa 3200-600 BC Condition: Very fine, intact, and exceptionally well preserved. With appealing green patination.
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.