This is a rare pair of Middle Bronze Age solid gold earrings, dating to 1400 - 700 B.C. These earrings are known as 'Bar Twisted Rings', recent research has disproved their use as 'ring-money' coinage, terming such ornaments as decorative pieces of jewelry. It is likely this is a set of earrings or a form of hair ornament (i.e. 'beard rings'). Similar pieces can be seen in the British Museum mainly from Ireland. Further examples of this type can be seen in the National Museums of Northern Ireland BELUM.A259.1962, & BELUM.A2A.1968 & BELUM.A2B.1968. A great pair of ancient gold jewellery, RARE!
OBJECT: Earrings / Hair Ornament
CULTURE: Middle Bronze Age
DATE: c. 1400 - 700 B.C.
SIZE: 17mm x 16mm x 5mm + 17mm x 16mm x 5mm
WEIGHT: 16.57 grams (total)
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private West-Country Collection, previously the property of an Essex Collector.
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