A flat-section bronze plaque, formed as two groups of concentric rings. Each has a boss to the centre, and they are joined by a plaque with two smaller groups of concentric circles. The plaque displays ferrous remains to the reverse.
Date: Circa 1st Century BC - 1st Century AD Period: Late Iron Age Provenance: Private collection, North London; acquired in the early 1980s. Condition: Fine condition.
The Iron Age is the final epoch of the three-age system, preceded by the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. The technology of the Iron Age is characterised by the production of tools and weaponry by ferrous metallurgy, more specifically from carbon steel. The Celtic spiral is a dynamic and popular symbol, indicative of endless movement and in use from the Neolithic period (circa 5000 BC). Bronze craftsmen continued to use the pattern during the Bronze Age, though more flamboyant and flatter spiral patterns were favoured.
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