Central Europe, Danube River Basin, Hallstatt culture, ca. 1000 to 700 BCE. A gorgeous bronze hair ring with a double spiral design formed from a single elongated strip. Each spiral is comprised of nine rotations wound tightly against one another, with a triple-loop hair ring on the verso. Ornamentation like this example would have typically been worn by members of the elite class - either warriors, rulers, or high-caste women. 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 away as Poland, Switzerland, and the western Mediterranean. They were often buried with their owners. Covered in lustrous layers of green and blue-green patina, this is a stunning example of high-quality fashion in ancient times! Size: 4.725" L x 2" W (12 cm x 5.1 cm).
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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