**Originally Listed At $500**
Central Europe, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Austria, Hallstatt Culture, ca. 8th to 6th centuries BCE. A large cast bronze arm band with an incredible blue-green patina. The exterior has elegant and simple geometric incised line decoration over much of its surface, while the inside is smooth and would feel cool against the skin. This was made to be worn by a high status woman, probably with leg bands, rings, and other jewelry. Comes with custom stand. Size: 0.45" L x 4.75" W x 4.5" H (1.1 cm x 12.1 cm x 11.4 cm); height on stand: 7" (17.8 cm)
Hallstatt culture developed from the earlier Urnfield culture, and would progress into the later La Tene culture, which is often called Celtic. However, these names and classifications have been imposed upon ancient peoples by archaeologists and historians (Hallstatt, for example, takes its name from the type site, which is located in Austria southeast of Salzburg). 2700 years ago, these people lived in small groups, probably loosely confederated for trading purposes but engaging in frequent warfare. Elites controlled powerful hillforts and revered the horse, traveling by and perhaps warring with chariots. They were buried with beautiful jewelry like this.
Provenance: private New Jersey, USA collection, acquired over twenty years ago
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