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ring / chain

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Chain of ten interlinked gold rings with incised decoration giving a twisted appearance and one smooth and lozenge sectioned ring. The ten incised rings have different sizes and have a section twisting from left to right with the exception of the smooth terminals. The terminals are separated only by a very narrow gap. The lozenge sectioned ring is slightly damaged especially at the terminals. The rings were made from a bar of circular cross- section with tapering ends. A spiral V-shaped groove was cut into the surface before the bar was bent into a ring.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1300BC-1200BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 192 millimetres
    • Diameter: 30.61 millimetres (untwisted ring 1)
    • Thickness: 2.35 millimetres (untwisted ring 1)
    • Diameter: 31.62 millimetres (ring 2)
    • Thickness: 3.48 millimetres (ring 2)
    • Diameter: 33.16 millimetres (ring 3)
    • Thickness: 3.35 millimetres (ring 3)
    • Diameter: 28.4 millimetres (ring 4)
    • Thickness: 3.11 millimetres (ring 4)
    • Diameter: 22.69 millimetres (ring 5)
    • Thickness: 2.49 millimetres (ring 5)
    • Diameter: 20.51 millimetres (ring 6)
    • Thickness: 2.55 millimetres (ring 6)
    • Diameter: 19.7 millimetres (ring 7)
    • Thickness: 2.61 millimetres (ring 7)
    • Diameter: 20.09 millimetres (ring 8)
    • Thickness: 2.82 millimetres (ring 8)
    • Diameter: 20.84 millimetres (ring 9)
    • Thickness: 2.38 millimetres (ring 9)
    • Diameter: 21.44 millimetres (ring 10)
    • Thickness: 2.5 millimetres (ring 10)
    • Diameter: 22.67 millimetres (ring 11)
    • Thickness: 2.44 millimetres (ring 11)
    • Weight: 55.1 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    There is a comparable, albeit longer, chain from the hoard at Szarvaszó, Hungary (Mozsolics 1973, 92-93, 206, Taf 92)


    Mozsolics, A. 1973. Bronze- und Goldfunde des Karpatenbeckens. Depotfundhorizonte von Forró und Ópályi. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó

  • Bibliography

    • Murgia et al 2014 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Gold chain fragment, consisting of eleven links.

Gold chain fragment, consisting of eleven links.

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