Bronze Age European Palstave
A ancient Bronze Age European unlooped copper alloy palstave, found at Almeria, Southern Spain.
Middle Bronze Age, Iberia.
The inhabitants of Central Europe from Gaul to the Danube Basin in the second millennium BC coalesced into a culture identified in the archaeological record by large well defined cemeteries containing numerous cremation burials contained in cinerary urns. The graves were often accompanied by bronze tools and ornaments. The wealthiest burials were those of warriors and princes, often containing finely made bronze swords, spears, and adornments.
cf.: Antiquities from Europe and the Near East in the Collection of Lord McAlpine of Westgreen, (Oxford, 1987), p.102, nos. 11.9-11.10.
Formerly in the Henk Huffener collection, United Kingdom, acquired in the later 19th Century.