A Bronze Age cuff bracelet decorated with a symmetrical geometric motif cast from bronze. The design comprises of incision marks creating a central rhombus shape with a cross of hammered dots inside. To either side, numerous dots, of differing sizes, are positioned in horizontal lines and rhombus shapes. Beautiful green patination covers the surface.
Date: Circa 3200-600 BC Condition: Excellent Condition
Bronze Age cuff bracelets originated from the torc (torque), they had a small opening in the metal for easy placement and were worn around the neck, wrists and arms of both men and women. They were used as a status symbol as well as to identify the wearer. One belief is that these bangles had the power to ward evil and provide courage in times of strife. A common Celtic embellishment was the depiction of circles, these represented astronomical forms. Cuff-style bracelets began to appear in the late Iron and Early Bronze Age.
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