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strip / torc / bracelet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1991,0407.37

  • Description

    Gold alloy twisted torc. Broken at least once in antiquity and repaired. The main part of the torc is made from four ropes, each made from eight strands of gold alloy wire twisted around each other. The hollow ends are cast and decorated with La Tène style patterns; fragment of gold alloy loop-terminal bracelet linking the terminals; five loose fragments of (?)silver wire strip from repair.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 150 BC - 50 BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 210 millimetres (external, max)
    • Weight: 766.9 grammes
    • Diameter: 174 millimetres (internal, max)
    • Length: 185 millimetres (top to bottom, including bracelet linking terminals)
    • Length: 63.2 millimetres (terminal 1)
    • Length: 62.7 millimetres (terminal 2)
    • Diameter: 19 millimetres (cross-section neck-ring, approx)
    • Length: 69.7 millimetres (longest of loose wire strips)
    • Width: 3.5 millimetres (loose wire strips)
    • Thickness: 0.1 millimetres (loose wire strips)
    • Weight: 2.2 grammes (loose wire strips, total)
  • Bibliography

    • Neumark 1991 p.25 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G50/dc19

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2016 11 Mar- 25 Sep, Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland, Celts.
    2015-2016 24 Sep-31 Jan, London, BM, G30, 'Celts: Art and Identity' 2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past 2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past 2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past 2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past 2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past 2002 Apr-Jul, Madrid, Museo Arqueologico Nacional, Torques: Bellaza y Poder

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1991

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1991,0407.37

  • Additional IDs

    • SN/PL (find code)
    • T255 (Treasure number)
Gold twisted torc. Broken at least once in antiquity and repaired. The main part of the torc is made from four ropes, each made from eight strands of gold wire twisted around each other. The hollow ends are cast and decorated with La Tène style patterns; fragment of gold loop-terminal bracelet linking the terminals; five loose fragments of (?)silver/(?)electrum wire strip from repair.

Gold twisted torc. Broken at least once in antiquity and repaired. The main part of the torc is made from four ropes, each made from eight strands of gold wire twisted around each other. The hollow ends are cast and decorated with La Tène style patterns; fragment of gold loop-terminal bracelet linking the terminals; five loose fragments of (?)silver/(?)electrum wire strip from repair.

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