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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2002.60.37
Title
Bracelet
Classification
Jewelry
Work Type
bracelet
Date
n.d.
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World
Culture
Unidentified culture
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/141661
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bronze
Technique
Cast and hammered
Dimensions
0.7 x 8.4 x 0.5 cm (1/4 x 3 5/16 x 3/16 in.)
Technical Details

Chemical Composition: XRF data from Artax 1
Alloy: Bronze
Alloying Elements: copper, tin
Other Elements: lead, iron
K. Eremin, January 2014

Technical Observations: The patina is dark green with spots of light green and an underlying layer of red. A few small areas of the surface are well preserved, but most of the surface is covered with a slightly rough corrosion layer.

The thickness and shape of the cross-section vary throughout. The details of the shape were produced in the metal, probably prior to bending it into a circle. The four grooves near the button terminals were probably formed by hammering using an elongated punch.


Henry Lie (submitted 2012)

Provenance
W. C. Burriss Young, Cambridge, MA, bequest; to the Harvard University Art Museums, 2002.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of W.C. Burriss Young
Accession Year
2002
Object Number
2002.60.37
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
This bracelet is undecorated except for the drum-shaped terminals, which do not meet (1). Most of the bracelet is triangular in section, becoming circular at the terminals, which are flat on the ends and slightly wider than the main section of the bracelet. The bracelet is identical to 2002.60.36.

NOTES:

1. For other simple copper alloy bracelets, which are very difficult to assign date or culture, see C. Johns, The Jewellery of Roman Britain: Celtic and Classical Traditions (London, 1996) 118-20.

Lisa M. Anderson

Subjects and Contexts

Ancient Bronzes

Related Works

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