Dông Son Horned Bracelet
Dông Son culture (7th century BC – 2nd century AD)
L. 9,5 cm
This interesting bronze bracelet with buffalo horns is a perfect example of the famous 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 mastery of bronze metallurgy. From the 7th century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D., it produced objects with rich and varied styles such as intriguing drums, numerous tools and weapons, but also rich jewellery in many forms. This beautiful bracelet is original because of its singular shape. Indeed, its two extremities appear as intriguing horns. In addition, the rounded part of this jewel is decorated with fine geometric patterns.
In the Dong Son culture, funerals held an important place. 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.
This work is in very good condition.