Bronze Age European Art
Valmonica, Italy (ca. 2000 BC?)
Bronze Age artists kept on carving rock art all across Europe, using it to show the new horses and wagons, weapons and plows brought by the Indo-Europeans.
Boat (Tanum, Sweden, ca. 1700 BC)
Further north, Scandinavian artists carved their boats as well as their horses and plows and weapons. Abstract patterns of rectangles, circles and dots continued to be popular alongside these scenes of power and daily life.
Men fighting with axes (Tanum, Sweden, ca. 1000 BC)
Although artists carved a lot of fertility figurines and pretty women in the Stone Age, they didn't make any in the European Bronze Age. Instead there are many scenes of weapons and fighting, which were not present in the Stone Age.
Eberswalde bowl (Central Europe,
ca. 900 BC, now in Russia)
Mold gold cape (Britain, ca. 1800 BC),
now in the British Museum
Perhaps in order to attract and pay off followers to fight in their wars, chiefs collected and distributed complicated and beautiful gold bowls and jewelry, like this big gold bowl from Germany or this gold cape from Britain.