Southern Europe, Hallstatt culture, ca. 7th century BCE. This is a beautiful, intact example of one of my favorite artifacts -- the spectacle, or double spiral, fibula (brooch). It is created from a single thin strap of bronze twisted around itself. The design of these items was remarkably persistent, and the style dates back to the 13th century BCE. They have been found all over Southern Europe -- mostly in the Balkans and south of the Danube and as far afield as Poland, Switzerland, and the western Mediterranean. They were often buried with their owners. Size: 4.75" W x 2.1" H (12.1 cm x 5.3 cm)
Provenance: Ex-private German collection, acquired in 1990s.
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