Greece, Mycenaean Period, Late Bronze Age II, ca. 1450 to 1200 BCE. Wow! An elegant arm cuff made from 98% silver sheet with a series of raised repousse bands around its body and flaring terminals. Incised lines form decorative bands around the terminals, creating a leaf-like pattern in the silver. Made to be worn by an elite woman with a small wrist - perhaps a young girl. This period is so named for the palace at Mycenae, famed in Homeric legend as the opulent seat of King Agamemnon - excavations there revealed an elite and long-lasting society with a great deal of wealth. This extended to the workshops of artisans who produced gorgeous metal items like this bracelet. Size: 2.55" W x 3.7" H (6.5 cm x 9.4 cm)
Provenance: private California, USA collection
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A few tiny losses around edges and at some of the raised ribs. Very slight bending to form, but overall the piece is well preserved.