Spirals, especially in gold, were commonly associated with the Sun in ancient European cultures, with a loose spiral representing the long days of summer and a tight spiral, the shorter days of winter. Such rings would have been placed amongst burial goods. From the early Bronze Age in Europe, burials became more individual, with the deceased laid to rest in individual, rather than communal, barrows. As a result, grave goods became more varied and personalised including the jewellery worn by the deceased during his or her life.
Bronze Age Gold Coiled Hair Ring
A delicate Bronze Age hair ring moulded from a single rod of gold. Its flat body has been shaped into a tight spiral with both ends tapering slightly into dull points. Gold rings of this type would have probably been used in antiquity as hair ornaments, earrings or as part of bracelets or bangles.
Provenance: Ex Japanese gentleman's collection, deceased, 1970-2015.
Condition: Fine condition.