**Originally Listed At $250**
Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Dong Son Culture, ca. late 1st millennium BCE. A pretty armlet made of cast bronze, with a faux-spiral texture on its surface. The bracelet is of hourglass form, with flared ends, one of which is studded with four small, round bells. Size: 3.3" W x 6.25" H (8.4 cm x 15.9 cm)
The casting technique for Dong Son bronzes was demanding artistically and technically, and it seems likely based on archaeological investigation that they were made by local workshops staffed by specialists. These specialists shared knowledge throughout their geographic region, with much inspiration coming from Warring States Period China. We know of them mainly from burials, and it seems that bronze items - both the making of and ownership of - were controlled by a limited elite who used them to acquire and maintain power over their own people. As elsewhere in the Old World, there is a clear relationship between sophisticated bronze metallurgical technology and the development of highly stratified societies.
Provenance: private J. Connell collection, Boston, Massachussets, USA
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