Three Early Bronze Age Carpathian decorated antler cheek pieces to a bridle bit

Three Early Bronze Age Carpathian decorated antler cheek pieces to a bridle bit

2500 BC to 1800 BC Early Bronze Age Carpathian

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Three Early Bronze Age Carpathian decorated antler cheek pieces to a bridle bit
Circa 2500 – 1800 B.C

Size : 21.5 cm , 12 cm , 11.5 cm – 8½ ins , 4¾ ins , 4½ ins ( respectively )
Provenance : Found at Runnymead , Surrey . Ex collection ; Henry Wellcome Museum , The Wellcome Trust
These finely decorated antler horn cheek pieces were used for chariot horses . The holes were for the attachment of reins and the mouth piece of leather .
In the early centuries of the second millennium the Carpathians , benefiting from a vast hinterland rich in resources of copper and gold created the most advanced 'Barbarian' culture of their time . Combining the metallurgical skills of central Germany and the ore deposits , the Transylvanian metal smiths added their own craftsmanship and skill at incised ornament . They lived in large communities and like their Steppe neighbours used chariots . They traded over long distances and their influence reached all parts of the continent , to Denmark , Italy , Greece , and influenced the design of weaponry and fittings as far away as the British Isles .

Dimensions
Height 21.50 cm (8.46 inches)
Medium
antler bone
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