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ring / chain

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    WG.21

  • Description

    Chain of five interlinked gold composite rings of three sections each and one gold spiral with plain terminals. The five composite rings are similar though not identical. The central ring is made by stacking three short lengths of wire, one on top of the other, to produce a ribbed ring. The ends of the wires are smoothed to give a continuous edge. The two adjacent rings have a D-shaped section whilst the two rings at the other end are slightly thicker and have a C-shaped section.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1400BC-700BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 60.65 millimetres
    • Diameter: 13.93 millimetres (ring a)
    • Width: 9.52 millimetres (ring a)
    • Thickness: 1.12 millimetres (ring a)
    • Diameter: 13.73 millimetres (ring b)
    • Width: 9.75 millimetres (ring b)
    • Thickness: 0.7 millimetres (ring b)
    • Diameter: 19.39 millimetres (spiral)
    • Width: 6.78 millimetres (spiral)
    • Thickness: 2.26 millimetres (spiral)
    • Diameter: 15.65 millimetres (ring c)
    • Width: 6.74 millimetres (ring c)
    • Thickness: 2.13 millimetres (ring c)
    • Diameter: 15.51 millimetres (ring d)
    • Width: 7.34 millimetres (ring d)
    • Thickness: 1.48 millimetres (ring d)
    • Diameter: 15.49 millimetres (ring e)
    • Width: 7.85 millimetres (ring e)
    • Thickness: 1.36 millimetres (ring e)
    • Weight: 39 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    There are close parallels with composite penannular gold rings dating to 1300BC-1100BC.

  • Bibliography

    • Murgia et al 2014 2.9.7 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1909

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    WG.21

Five pieces of gold 'ring money'.

Five pieces of gold 'ring money'.

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