Dông Son bracelet with elephant ornament

Dông Son culture (7th century BC – 2nd century AD)
H. 9 cm

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This charming bronze bracelet with an enchanting elephant figure at the top is a perfect example of the brilliant metal production of the Dong Son culture. Originating in the valleys of the Red River, Ma River and Ca River in present-day Vietnam, this culture was distinguished by its great skill in bronze metallurgy. From the 7th century BC to the 2nd century AD, it produced objects with rich and varied styles such as intriguing drums, numerous tools and weapons, as well as rich jewellery in a variety of forms.

In the Dong Son culture, funerals were very important in the society. Death was seen as the beginning of a new life in the afterlife, similar to the present world. Thus, objects used in daily life such as work tools, weapons, musical instruments but also jewellery were buried with their owner.

Condition report: 

This work is in very good condition.

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