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torc / ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1880,0820.36

  • Description

    Gold large flange twisted torc, two composite rings and one spiral. The torc was made from a cast bar. Three longitudinal cuts were made into the bar which was worked to create a Y-shaped cross-section. The torc was then twisted by rotating the ends of the bar from right to left, with the exception of one smooth untwisted part 29.10 mm long which was presumably intended for the rings. The twisted bar was then forged at each end into bent-back trumpet terminals which are circular in section. Two composite penannular rings made from four ring sections and one spiral with deeply incised grooves run freely on the body of the torc.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1400BC-1100BC (circa)
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 223 millimetres
    • Thickness: 2.83 millimetres (twisted body)
    • Thickness: 2.93 millimetres (smooth body)
    • Length: 40.79 millimetres (terminal)
    • Thickness: 4.86 millimetres (terminal maximum)
    • Thickness: 3.17 millimetres (terminal minimum)
    • Diameter: 15.68 millimetres (ring a)
    • Width: 7.1 millimetres (ring a)
    • Thickness: 1.49 millimetres (ring a)
    • Diameter: 17.04 millimetres (spiral)
    • Width: 11.4 millimetres (spiral)
    • Thickness: 1.39 millimetres (spiral)
    • Diameter: 15.78 millimetres (ring b)
    • Width: 7.11 millimetres (ring b)
    • Thickness: 1.39 millimetres (ring b)
  • Curator's comments

    The size of the torc suggests that it could also have fitted around the waist as well as the neck.

  • Bibliography

    • Eogan 1967 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 2.3.5 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 2.9.6 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1880

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1880,0820.36

Large flange-twisted gold torc, two composite rings and one spiral. The torc was made from a single bar twisted from right to left, with the exception of one smooth untwisted part 29.10 mm long which was presumably intended for the rings. The twisted bar was then forged at each end into bent-back trumpet terminals which are circular in section. Two composite penannular rings made from four ring sections and one spiral with deeply incised grooves run freely on the body of the torc.

Large flange-twisted gold torc, two composite rings and one spiral. The torc was made from a single bar twisted from right to left, with the exception of one smooth untwisted part 29.10 mm long which was presumably intended for the rings. The twisted bar was then forged at each end into bent-back trumpet terminals which are circular in section. Two composite penannular rings made from four ring sections and one spiral with deeply incised grooves run freely on the body of the torc.

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