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European Hallstatt Bronze Double Spiral Hair Ring

Central Europe, Danube River Basin, Hallstatt culture, ca. 1000 to 700 BCE. A lovely hair ring with a double spiral design formed from a single elongated strip of bronze. Each spiral is comprised of six rotations wound tightly against one another, with a triple-loop hair ring on the verso. Ornamentation like this example typically would have 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 afield as Poland, Switzerland, and the western Mediterranean. They were often buried with their owners. Covered in lustrous layers of green-brown patina, this is a wonderful example of high-quality fashion in ancient times! Display stand for photography purposes only. Size: 3.25" L x 1.25" W (8.3 cm x 3.2 cm).

Condition: Slight bending and separation to spirals and hair ring, light encrustations, and minor abrasions, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and great green and brown patina throughout.

Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA

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