Complete original European Bronze Age sets like this are almost never found on the private market. Our fortunate acquisition of a very old, multi-generation German private collection brings us the opportunity to make such a rare offer here. This is a complete, original set of a massive ancient bronze Celtic torc neck ring, with matching bronze bangle bracelets originally from western Germany. All three pieces are in PERFECT complete preservation. The torc has an open back with larger terminals. The bracelets are solid rings. Objects like these were reserved ancient Bronze Age people of extreme wealth and status, far exceeding the affordability of everyday inhabitants of the region at this time. All pieces possess a stunning, smooth emerald-green mineral patina that is a hallmark of fine European Bronze Age antiquities. Rarely, are European ancient bronze objects like this on the private market for purchase making this a unique opportunity for the advanced collector to acquire scarce examples of ancient Celtic jewelry and status, in bronze. 100% original with NO REPAIR OR RESTORATION Cleaned in our lab, sealed and stabilized.
Around 2000 B.C., barbarian Celtic tribes invaded Europe. They first inhabited regions across Eastern Europe now known as Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and the Balkans. During the Bronze Age, they move westward and by the Iron Age in the 8th to 5th centuries BC, these tribes make their homes in what is now southwest Germany, eastern France and parts of Switzerland and Austria. This era is known as the Hallstat period named after a Celtic archaeological type-site in a lakeside village in Austria. After that, in the La Tene period, western Europe becomes heavily occupied by the Celts as they invade much of Germany, France, the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), the British Islands and Ireland. After this time, Celtic tribes spread eastward again, moving into northern Italy, Bohemia, Silesia, the Balkans and even into present day Turkey with a tribe called the Galatians establishing a Celtic city called Galatia. During the 1st century BC, the Celts were at the height of their power and were the dominant ethnic group in much of Europe, even ruling over the Germanic tribes. Among the many military victories the ancient Celts can lay claim to are the sacking of the cities of Rome and Delphi.
The Celts were largely a decentralized military aristocracy made up of independent chieftains ruling various geographical regions. They were famous to fight just for the sake of fighting and often, they were employed as mercenaries of the great armies of ancient times. Along with their reputations of chivalry, courage and maniacal bravery, their more aggressive tendencies were offset by a great sensitivity to the arts and philosophy. Highly unusual at the time, the Celts viewed both men AND women with equality, holding women in high regard with their matriarchal religion.
One of the famous works the Celts were known for was their masterful works in metal-smithing. Spectacular works can be found all over Europe left behind by Celtic masters in gold, silver, bronze and later, in iron. Much of the influence of Bronze Age European metal ornament lends itself to the influence Celtic master craftspeople.