Ore Mountains, Central Europe, circa 1100 BC
Height : 13 cm
Provenance : Private collection, Germany
Publication : "KunstKammer"
(M. Doustar, 2017), n°11
The Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge in German and Krušné hory in Czech) in Central Europe form a natural border between Saxony and Bohemia. Europe’s earliest mining district appears to be located in the Ore Mountains, dated to 2500 BC. The area played an important role in contributing to the development of the Bronze age, and as the setting of the earliest stages of the transformation of modern mining and metallurgy from a craft to a large-scale industry.
This rare massive anklet with wider turned-in decorative ends and magnificient deep turquoise patina, intended to be worn around the ankle by an aristocratic elite, dates from the Late Bronze Age of Central Europe, a period called the Urnfield culture, circa 1300-750 BC. The name comes from the custom of cremating the dead and placing their ashes in urns which were then buried in fields. The Urnfield culture followed the Tumulus culture and was succeeded by the Hallstatt culture. Linguistic evidence and continuity with the following Hallstatt culture suggests that the people of this area spoke an early form of Celtic, perhaps originally proto-Celtic.
Price : 4.700 euros