Bronze Age Spiral Armlet


An extremely fine example of an Late Bronze Age-Celtic period cast bronze coiled armlet formed from a continuous rod in fifteen passes. It is flat on the inside, very slightly rounded on the outside, and has tapering terminals, with the top terminal ending in a point. Each ring features a raised midrib and decorative incised lines, some of which have faded due to time.

Date: Circa 1200-500 BC
Condition: Extremely fine condition, surface is partially covered with bright green patination. The item comes with its stand.

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SKU: CS-114 Category: Tags: ,

Bronze Age bracelets, bangles and armlets were worn constantly on the wrists and around the arms of both men and women. They were used as a status symbol as well as to identify the wearer. The Celtic spiral, as seen in the above item, is a dynamic and popular symbol. It is indicative of endless movement, and was in use from the Neolithic period (c. 5000 BC). Bronze craftsmen continued to use the pattern during the Bronze Age, though more flamboyant and flatter spiral patterns were favoured.

To discover more about spirals in Celtic culture, please visit our relevant blog post: The Symbolism of the Spiral in Celtic Imagery.

Weight 526 g
Dimensions W 7.3 x H 12.9 cm



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