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Bracelets of bronze

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From Bunrannoch, Perthshire and Grange of Conan, Angus

Bracelets of bronze
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These two bronze spiral bracelets were found at Bunrannoch in Perthshire and Grange of Conan in Angus. They are a distinctly Scottish form of Iron Age jewellery, clearly made for ostentatious display in the first two centuries AD.

The bracelets are of a type known as spiral or 'snake' bracelets. They were cast in straight rods, decorated in part with ribbing or grooves, with animal heads at the ends. The rods were then coiled into spirals. One end of the Angus example is missing.

Jewellery functioned as a symbol of power and prestige in many periods. Bracelets such as these would have been the property of the aristocracy. Most have been found in the northeast of Scotland.

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