Genuine Ancient Bronze Roman Thrace Bronze Bangle 100AD $89.99
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Archaic Genuine Ancient Roman Thracian Bronze Bangle circa 0-100 A.D.
CLASSIFICATION: Roman-Thracian Bronze Bangle. Mounted onto plaque or shadow box upon request (additional shipping charges apply).
ATTRIBUTION: Eastern Roman Empire (Thracia), 1st Century A.D.
Outside Diameter: 68 x 67 1/2 millimeters.
Inside Diameter: 57 x 56 millimeters.
Opening: 12 millimeters.
Band/Stock Diameter: 5mm round stock..
Weight: 37.79 grams.
CONDITION: Good. Intact of sound integrity. Moderate porosity (surface pitting caused by contact with earth while buried). Professionally conserved.
DETAIL: A well preserved, though very simple Roman bronze bracelet circa 1st century AD. It would fit a woman of slender build, and with that caveat, is completely and eminently wearable. The bracelet was recovered unbroken and intact, except that it seems that either the bracelet was fractured, thus creating the opening/gap you see here, or less likely (but possible), there were overlapping ends, and both ends were broken off - at not at all unusual circumstance. In any event, it is a complete bracelet except that the opening between the two ends does not appear to be by design, it seems more likely by accident/damage.
As is ordinarily the case, the artifact exhibits moderate porosity (surface pitting caused by burial in earth). Unlike so many smaller bronze artifacts which are completely disfigured by corrosion, this particular piece happened to come to rest in fairly gentle soil conditions. The consequence is that though you can see upon close scrutiny clear evidence that this bracelet spent millennia buried beneath the ground, nonetheless to casual examination it is quite pleasant, with the rich, warm glow of ancient bronze. To casual scrutiny it seems simply a primitive bracelet, these slight blemishes are not immediately discernible. Of course in these photo enlargements these blemishes are quite distinct. But in hand, to the casual observer, it simply appears a nicely toned bronze bracelet.
Though simple it is sturdy and well constructed, and intact (notwithstanding the gap between the two ends, however it was created). Despite the obvious signs of burial, the piece is not heavily corroded or disfigured as are commonly most smaller ancient metal artifacts. The bracelet possesses a very nice tone to it, is quite handsome, and makes a very distinctive and uncommon piece of ancient jewelry. It does not exhibit the workmanship which would be characteristic of high-end jewelry. Rather this is a specimen as one might expect to find on the common Roman citizen. Nonetheless it is a wonderful and example of early Roman jewelry, and evocative memory of the grandeur and glory which was the Roman Empire. The Romans were very fond of jewelry and other personal adornments. Typical jewelry included bracelets worn both on the forearm as well as upper arm, rings, brooches, pendants, earrings, hair pins, as well as decorative buckles and fibulae.
This is a very durable and representative example of a Roman bracelet, and it could easily be worn and enjoyed. If you request (follow the links below), we could mount the bracelet onto a framed display plaque (see it here), and it would make a great gift. The plaque narrates a brief outline of the history of ancient Rome along with an image of some very famous architectural remains in Rome. It would make a very handsome gift, for yourself or a friend, and would surely delight a son or daughter. It would not only make a very handsome display, but would be very educational as well. If you prefer, the bracelet could be installed within a glass-front shadow box with or without printed history (see it here). Whether worn or displayed (perhaps on a plaque), it is an evocative and authentic "souvenir" of the Roman Empire, the greatest military power, and one of the most advanced civilizations of the ancient world.
HISTORY: One of the greatest civilizations of recorded history was the ancient Roman Empire. In exchange for a very modest amount of contemporary currency, you can possess a small part of that great civilization in the form of a 2,000 year old piece of jewelry. The Roman civilization, in relative terms the greatest military power in the history of the world, was founded in the 8th century (B.C.). In the 4th Century (B.C.) the Romans were the dominant power on the Italian Peninsula, having defeated the Etruscans and Celts. In the 3rd Century (B.C.) the Romans conquered Sicily, and in the following century defeated Carthage, and controlled the Greece. Throughout the remainder of the 2nd Century (B.C.) the Roman Empire continued its gradual conquest of the Hellenistic (Greek Colonial) World by conquering Syria and Macedonia; and finally came to control Egypt in the 1st Century (B.C.).
The pinnacle of Roman power was achieved in the 1st Century (A.D.) as Rome conquered much of Britain and Western Europe. For a brief time, the era of "Pax Romana", a time of peace and consolidation reigned. Civilian emperors were the rule, and the culture flourished with a great deal of liberty enjoyed by the average Roman Citizen. However within 200 years the Roman Empire was in a state of steady decay, attacked by Germans, Goths, and Persians. In the 4th Century (A.D.) the Roman Empire was split between East and West. The Great Emperor Constantine temporarily arrested the decay of the Empire, but within a hundred years after his death the Persians captured Mesopotamia, Vandals infiltrated Gaul and Spain, and the Goths even sacked Rome itself. Most historians date the end of the Western Roman Empire to 476 (A.D.) when Emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed. However the Eastern Roman Empire (The Byzantine Empire) survived until the fall of Constantinople in 1453 A.D.
At its peak, the Roman Empire stretched from Britain in the West, throughout most of Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, and into Asia Minor. Valuables such as coins and jewelry were commonly buried for safekeeping, and inevitably these ancient citizens would succumb to one of the many perils of the ancient world. Oftentimes the survivors of these individuals did not know where the valuables had been buried, and today, two thousand years later caches of coins and rings are still commonly uncovered throughout Europe and Asia Minor. Roman Soldiers oftentimes came to possess large quantities of "booty" from their plunderous conquests, and routinely buried their treasure for safekeeping before they went into battle.
If they met their end in battle, most often the whereabouts of their treasure was likewise, unknown. Throughout history these treasures have been inadvertently discovered by farmers in their fields, uncovered by erosion, and the target of unsystematic searches by treasure seekers. With the introduction of metal detectors and other modern technologies to Eastern Europe in the past three or four decades, an amazing number of new finds are seeing the light of day 2,000 years or more after they were originally hidden by their past owners. And with the liberalization of post-Soviet Eastern Europe, new markets have opened eager to share in these treasures of the Roman Empire.
A certificate of authenticity (COA) is available upon request. Artifacts are mailed from the USA. Due to the fact this item is rather heavy and/or fragile, it costs a bit more to ship than is ordinarily the case. The cost for shipping this item within the USA is $9.99 for first class mail with delivery confirmation. All other international shipments $19.99 (airmail) - but do not include delivery confirmation. Insurance is available upon request. COA's are at additional $2.00.
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