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lunula

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1845,0122.1

  • Description

    Gold lunula. Flat sheet crescent of beaten gold with spatulate terminals rotated relative to the crescent. It is decorated with a complex finely-incised geometric pattern. The horns are decorated with rows of small triangles, rows of small vertical lines, bands of horizontal lines and triangles filled with oblique lines and touching at their apex.
    The horn's inner and outer edges are decorated with a border of horizontal lines.
    A series of triangles filled with oblique lines separate the horns from the rest of the body. The decoration extends down the body in the form of a border parallel with the inner and outer edges. The border consists of a series of parallel lines and rows of small triangles.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2400BC-2000BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 237 millimetres (outer)
    • Diameter: 145.8 millimetres (inner)
    • Width: 80.75 millimetres (body centre)
    • Width: 54.23 millimetres (horn maximum)
    • Width: 3.82 millimetres (horn minimum)
    • Thickness: 0.06 millimetres (body)
    • Length: 20.83 millimetres (terminal)
    • Width: 10.34 millimetres (terminal)
    • Length: 10.34 millimetres (terminal)
    • Thickness: 0.16 millimetres (terminal)
    • Weight: 81.12 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Taylor 1970 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 1.4.1.1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G1/fc5

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2015-2016 24 Sep-31 Jan, London, BM, G30, 'Celts: Art and Identity'
    1984 5 Sep-15 Oct, Belgium, Tournai, Halle aux Drapes, Au Temps de Stonehenge

  • Condition

    The lunula is heavily creased towards the terminals and slightly creased and dented throughout the body.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1845

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1845,0122.1


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