This bracelet is of a rather rare type especially in Brittany. It is part of a small production of late Bronze Age goldsmithery and similar examples can be found in northern Germany and especially in some treasures in southern England.
At that time, gold ornaments were not rare. Many of them were found in graves, the others seemed to belong to religious or social deposits. In all cases, this type of precious jewellery seems to have been reserved for members of the ruling class, the rest of the population having to settle for bronze ornaments. In proportion, bracelets are the most frequently encountered among Middle and Final Bronze golds.
This bracelet was obtained by various operations of hammering of an ingot and carries a simple decoration of deep carved grooves. The original was made of an alloy of 16% silver and 6% copper that was typical of the period.
The interest of this object lies in its ribboned section, a plastic decoration of the rush and the protruding character of the ends.
Dimensions: l. 1.4 cm - 20.7 g
Materials: Gold plated, Sterling silver 925
Period: from the Bronze Final III (9th-8th centuries BC)
Origin: France - Saint-Brieuc-des-Iffs (Ille-et-Vilaine)
Museum: Saint-Germain-en-Laye - National Archaeology Museum