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Tools of a metal craftsman - pair of punches

UnknownLate Bronze Age, 1000–800 BCE

Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

In the course of the Bronze Age metallurgical techniques and skills were developed which can hardly be matched today. The cone of the Berlin Hat, for instance, is beaten paper-thin from a single piece of gold and carefully shaped with a fine tool. Metalworkers in the Late Bronze Age possessed such fine, sophisticated tools. Among the contents of a hoard found near Murnau in Upper Bavaria was a small stake anvil and especially circular ribbed male (negative) and female (positive) punches just like the ones used for the circular patterns on the Gold Hat.

Details

  • Title: Tools of a metal craftsman - pair of punches
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Late Bronze Age, 1000–800 BCE
  • Type: Hoard find
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Inv. no.: IIc 6296_Punzen
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-019212
  • External Link: Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Photo © Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Claudia Plamp || Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / B. Heeb
  • Collection: Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

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