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Bronze Age

Golden Hat of Schifferstadt

Golden Hat of Schifferstadt, Bronze Age
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Golden Hat of Schifferstadt is a Bronze Age Gold Decorative Artwork created between 1400 BCE and 1300 BCE. It lives at the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Germany. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Hats, Apparel, Phallic Symbols and The Golden Hats. Download

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Life in the Bronze Age may have been more fashionable that we typically give it credit for. This magnificent hat is the oldest known example of a strangely specific form of Prehistoric couture known as golden hats.

Discovered in 1835 in a field near the town of Schifferstadt in Southwest Germany, the Golden Hat of Schifferstadt stands nearly a foot tall, and is made from a single sheet of gold hammered into shape, then tooled into intracate ring and dot patterns. It looks to have been attached to a cloth inner cap with a chinstrap to keep it in place. The hat’s purpose is unknown, though it was discovered buried upright on a slab of back-burnt clay, filled with a mixture of earth and ash, with three bronze axes leaning against the cone, leading some to suggest a ritual associated with a bronze age sun cult.

Reed Enger, "Golden Hat of Schifferstadt," in Obelisk Art History, Published January 22, 2019; last modified February 13, 2019, http://arthistoryproject.com/timeline/prehistory/bronze-age/golden-hat-of-schifferstadt/.

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