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- Period: Ancient to early medieval (circa 8th century BCE to 10th century CE)
- Material: Bronze alloy
- Origin: Central or Eastern Europe, possibly Roman or Byzantine
These bronze spirals were most likely parts of jewelry or fibulae, which were used to pin clothing in place before buttons gained widespread use. While two have held their shape, there are also fragments of a broken one included in this lot.
An ancient bronze brooch incorporating spirals in its design (Source)
These items were recovered in central or eastern Europe and were part of a collection of small bronze artifacts formerly acquired by a New York City based gallery in the 2000's. It dates back to approximately 800 BCE to 1000 CE, though exact dating is difficult—unlike coins, which typically show an emperor or other clue, jewelry and other ornamentation rarely has any descriptive markings.
Artifacts such as these are often attributed to the Romans, but in reality it is hard to say which culture produced a piece like this without further information. A large wealth of various bronze items were produced by the Roman and later Byzantine empires, and there is a strong chance that this artifact is among them—however, it is impossible to know for sure as it could also predate the Romans by many centuries.
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