Monumental Bronze Needle with a Spherical Head (“Kugelkopfnadel”)

Culture: Middle Europe
Period: around 1300 B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 61.3 cm long
Price: Sold
Ref: 5125
Provenance: German private collection, auctioned at Gorny & Mosch on 11 June 2006, lot 641. Last in a French collection.
Condition: Except for some light brown encrustation intact.
Description: Very long needle with a spherical head ("Kugelkopfnadel") of cast bronze which is very typical for findings from the Urnfield period. The needle with a long shaft as well as an enlarged neck with horizontal fluted grooves. The head onion-shaped, on top flat and encircled with vertical grooves. The very long, massive needles were definitely not intended for daily use. They would have rather been part of the ceremonial costume of important personalities.