Hallstatt Bronze Pendants with Water Birds

Culture: Middle Europe
Period: 9th century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 15 cm long (each pendant); 45.5 cm x 6.5 cm (mount dimension)
Price: 2 400 Euro
Ref: 5133
Provenance: Collection Rauesch, Vorarlberg, Austria. Acquired from Erwin Richter in Wiener Neustadt.
Condition: Except for some scattered casting errors and a few holes and cracks an intact jewellery from the early Hallstatt culture.
Description: Opulent jewellery consisting of nine belonging, long bronze pendants. Each pendant is topped by a stylized water bird, seated on a biconcave body. At the back of the body an eyelet for suspension. Coming out from each body are two ribs, finishing in a ring of flat bronze wire. Therein two more bronze rings. The finale is formed by two circles of bronze wire, each bent in the centre, some with perforations, which create a folding noise while being worn. The present pendant may have served as a belt applique or as a cap jewellery of a female wearer. Mounted.