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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold lunula. Flat sheet crescent of beaten gold with quadrangular terminals rotated relative to the crescent. It is decorated with an incised geometric pattern.
    The horns are decorated with horizontal patterns of horizontal lines, rows of dots, bands of diamond shaped motifs and void spaces. The horn’s inner and outer edges are decorated with a border of horizontal lines.
    A band of three incised lines and two irregular rows of dots 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 dots.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2400BC-2000BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 185.4 grammes
  • Bibliography

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

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    1979-2014 15 Nov-28 Mar, Cardiff, National Museum and Gallery of Wales, Origins-In Search of Early Wales, LT Loan
    1964 25 Jul-5 Sep, Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Art in Wales

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Gold decorated lunula.

Gold decorated lunula.

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