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penannular bracelet

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold penannular bracelet with thin body of rounded cross-section. The slightly expanded terminals are circular and plain.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1100BC-750BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 63.1 millimetres
    • Thickness: 3.15 millimetres (body centre)
    • Thickness: 4.07 millimetres (body end)
    • Diameter: 6.39 millimetres (terminal)
    • Weight: 27 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    The bracelet is part of a hoard stated to be found in 1852 at Gaerwen.

    Seemingly the Gaerwen hoard was acquired shortly after discovery by an itinerant dealer. It is stated that the hoard consisted of 11 ‘lock-rings’ and 11 penannular bracelets. Two ‘lock-rings’ and two bracelets are in the British Museum (WG 15, 16, 17, 18). The whereabouts of the other pieces is not known.


  • Bibliography

    • Murgia et al 2014 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    1996 31 Jan-4 Mar, Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, Art, Ritual and Death in Prehistoric Wales

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Gold penannular bracelet with a rounded body and solid evenly expanded  terminals.

Gold penannular bracelet with a rounded body and solid evenly expanded terminals.

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