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Lot 777: Bronze Age Gold Bracelet with Scroll Terminals

Antiquities: Day 2

by TimeLine Auctions

December 7, 2016

Harwich, United Kingdom

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Description: 2nd millennium BC. A Middle Bronze Age gold torc bracelet composed of two strips of gold twisted together the ends rolled over to form terminating knops. Cf. for a partial gold bracelet found at Salcombe, Devon, The British Museum accession number 2010,8032.7. 4 grams, 60mm (2 1/4"). Property of a Cambridgeshire collector; previously in a Nottinghamshire collection; acquired in the 1960s; thence by descent 2005. The use of gold in the Bronze Age would appear to be associated with the rise of individuals in society who can be acknowledged as important and powerful members of society and can be recognised as a warrior aristocracy. The mining and production of gold was costly, time consuming and hazardous and it would seem to be controlled by these individuals who then used it for decorative means that expressed their socio-political standing. Gold also seems to be associated with religion as the tribal/clan leaders would also have held important positions at the sacred complexes that were springing up across Europe. The most prolific sources of gold at this time were to be found in Ireland, Spain and Transylvania.

Condition Report: Extremely fine condition.

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