Leg mountains

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Bronze arm and leg mountains (pictures see arm mountains ) are a typical form of ornamentation of richly decorated women's graves of the Bronze Age in Germany and northwestern Poland . The lavishly decorated leg jewelry in the north consists of large wound spiral plates with a diameter of 7 to 11 cm and a bow ring that was placed around the lower leg. North German leg mountains date predominantly to Period III of the Nordic Bronze Age (1,300-1,100 BC), but simple specimens seem to appear as early as Period II. The individual turns of the spiral plates are adorned with groups of notches and rows of notches, the bracket is decorated with angles and lines. The main areas of distribution are in Mecklenburg and Pomerania . Both the size of the spiral plates, the high number of turns and the angular decoration of the bow ring are characteristic of specimens from Pomerania.

The southwest and southern German specimens have an emphasis on the bow, which can consist of two broad turns. The two Ingolstadt leg mountains were made of relatively pure tin bronze (over 10% tin) and are said to come from the Carpathian Basin . Unwound, they are 175 cm long and each weigh about 400 g. Remnants of leather were found in some of the leg rings, which probably suggest a leggings-like costume. Others have tripartite chains. In some cases, the chains of the left and right-wound leg mountains, worn together, were tied together.


  • Isa Richter: The arm and leg jewelry of the Bronze and Urnfield Ages in Hessen and Rheinhessen Beck Munich 1970

See also

Armbergen from Neuendorf Monastery

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