Bronze Age European Double Spiral Cloak Pin
An ancient Bronze Age European cloak pin with a large double spiral finial.
Late Bronze Age, Central Europe.
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.: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. VII (1992), no. 158.
Formerly in collection of Lord McAlpine of West Green, London.