Artist: Unknown Celtic Primary
Date: 1200-900 BCE
12th century - 9th century BCE
Dimensions: 2.94 x 9.38 x 2.94 in. (7.46 x 23.81 x 7.46 cm)
Object Type: Jewelry
Creation Place: Europe
Medium and Support: Copper alloy
Credit Line: Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, The Kurt Berliner Foundation Gift, 2000 (2000.407.1)
Accession Number: L2013.13.08
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries
Almost four millennia old, this object of adornment is the earliest artwork in the Fairfield University Art Museum. Likely worn by an elite member of Bronze Age society, this band is made of copper smelted with zinc, tin, or arsenic. The metal was cast in semicircular sandstone molds to create spirals, a common decorative motif in this period. The armband is engraved with a combination of cable-lines (small indented marks) and slanted markings. Its greenish-blue color is the result of exposure to oxygen. The coils may have served as protection for an archer’s forearm.
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