Timeless are pleased to offer a particularly large example of a Bronze Age Bracelet.
Bronze Age bracelets of the Taunton Period (c.1500 B.C.E) were typically of four types: decorated, twisted, plain or ribbed. This piece is of the plain variety, and displays a classic penannular ring shape, hook and loop - all common features of Bronze Age jewellery.
It’s hard to imagine how the British Isles looked when the person who wore this bracelet lived their life. Agriculture had recently been introduced from Europe, and field systems were beginning to take hold. While much of the country remained wooded, large scale deforestation was taking place (partly by chopping down trees with bronze axes of the period, but primarily via ring-barking and controlled burns), and it was during this period that much of Britain’s moorland was created.
How strange to think that the owner of this bracelet may have hunted bear, aurochs and wild boar in the forests of Britain – many of the prey species that we are familiar with today, for example hare and rabbit wouldn’t be introduced to the British Isles until the Romans arrived 1500 years later!
Now, this beautiful and enigmatic piece of ancient history could be yours to own. Sympathetically hand-finished in aged gold.
Outer Framec. 45cm x 40cm.
LARGE BRONZE AGE BRACELET
Acquired by Timeless in 2018 on the specialist UK antiquities market, formerly in a private collection formed in the 1990s.