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Bronze anklets from Appenwihr

Bronze anklets from Appenwihr, around 1400 BC

Around 1400 BC, middle Europe was populated by tumulus builders, a general term encompassing various culture groups. One of these groups had as its home the region of Haguenau, another laid claim to southern Alsace and the Baden-Württemberg region. Dating from this period, the Appenwihr burial site has given us a wide variety of objects, paying tribute to the vitality and originality of local craftsmanship, particularly fluted bracelets and the spiral-ended anklets known as jambières. These are fragile, decorative pieces, consisting of a wide bronze sheet produced by hand hammering, embellished with an embossed and incised geometric design: rows of small raised dots created using repoussé work decorate the edges and the rib at the middle of the sheet, with alternating lines of cross-hatched and plain triangles between these rows. The central sheet is finished with a wide spiral, made by coiling a long bronze wire. These pieces illustrate the dexterity of craftsmen working in bronze during this period.

 

Bronze anklets from Appenwihr
 

Bronze anklets from Appenwihr, around 1400 BC, Musée Unterlinden, Colmar.