Gold cape fragment. The small triangular piece of sheet gold is decorated with one large boss surrounded by small pointillé dots.The fragment has not been incorporated in the Mold Gold Cape.
- 1900BC-1600BC (circa)
- Excavated/Findspot: Mold
- (Europe,United Kingdom,Wales,Flintshire,Mold)
- Length: 13.81 millimetres
- Width: 6.44 millimetres
- Thickness: 0.1 millimetres
- Weight: 0.1 grammes (Less than 0.1g)
The cape would have been unsuitable for everyday wear because it would have severely restricted upper arm movement. Instead it would have served ceremonial roles, and may have denoted religious authority.
The cape is one of the finest examples of prehistoric sheet-gold working and is quite unique in form and design. It was laboriously beaten out of a single ingot of gold, then embellished with intense decoration of ribs and bosses to mimic multiple strings of beads amid folds of cloth. Perforations along the upper and lower edges indicate that it was once attached to a lining, perhaps of leather, which has decayed. The bronze strips may have served to strengthen the adornment further.
2013 7 Aug-14 Sep, Wrexham, Wrexham Museum, Spotlight: The Mold Gold Cape
2013 2 Jul-4 Aug, Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, Spotlight: The Mold Gold Cape
These four small fragments were purchased from Mrs D.M. Kerr, Basingstoke. In a letter dated 31st January 1972 she stated that the fragments 'belonged to my mother, Mrs Davies Edwards of Mold and were dug up on her ancestors land" Parts of the Mold gold cape and associated artefacts from the site came to the British Museum at intervals between 1836 and 1972 though the fragments acquired after 1836 were all small. Four gold sheet fragments from the cape were presented to the Grosvenor Museum, Chester by Mr George Lowe in 1953. They were loaned to the British Museum 1966-1987. One fragment belongs to the cape though the other three appear to relate to fragments 1836.0902.2-3 which may be a distinct object.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: BCB85796
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