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Lot 778: Bronze Age Gold Hair Ornament

Antiquities: Day 2

by TimeLine Auctions

December 7, 2016

Harwich, United Kingdom

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Description: 3rd millennium BC. A gold hair ring consisting of a sheet of gold with ridged body; hole to one end, thin projection with curved end to the other. 4.83 grams, 30mm (1 1/4"). Ex Bunker collection, Hertfordshire, UK; acquired at an art fair in Oxford, 1970. Supplied with a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate. During the Bronze Age gold ornamentation became increasingly popular with the emerging warrior aristocracy across Europe. These new groups sought to establish trading links that often stretched across Europe and did so by the tight control of natural resources and precious commodities, such as gold and bronze. Gold not only helped establish an individual as someone highly important in society, but it also had religious connotations, being associated with the solar cult that was expressed through the building of megaliths.

Condition Report: Very fine condition.

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