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Hallstatt Coiled Bronze Child's Arm Bands (pr)

$1,495.00
Central Europe, Germany and Austria, Danube River Basin, Eastern Hallstatt culture, ca. 8th to 6th century BCE. A lovely set of two nearly-identical bronze bracelets, each formed from a singular coiling strip of bronze with a raised central rib. Made for a child, the shorter arm band boasts 16 coils and the taller with 19 coils. Several exterior areas of each arm band are decorated with simple incised grooves while other areas are smooth and unadorned. The tight spiral form was a markedly popular style of late Bronze Age and Iron Age Europe. Often buried with women or children of high social status, bracelets like these were symbolic of the status of the deceased and are common finds in dig sites across Central Europe. Lovely areas of forest-green patina give these bracelets a wondrous appearance. Size: 1.95" W x 3.55" H (5 cm x 9 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.

Condition: Both bands have ancient losses to each terminal, slight bending and separation to coils, and minor abrasions, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and great patina throughout.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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