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torc

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2005,0503.2

  • Description

    Gold flange twisted torc fragment. The torc fragment was made from a cast bar. Four longitudinal cuts were made into the bar which was worked to create an X-shaped cross-section. The torc was then twisted by rotating the ends of the bar from left to right.
    The torc fragment is bent and both ends have been cut.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1400BC-1100 BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 42 millimetres
    • Thickness: 6 millimetres
    • Weight: 24 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Deliberately cut small sections of Middle Bronze Age gold flange twisted torcs occur relatively widely with two other examples from the Salcombe hoard (2010,8032.5 and 2010,8032.6).

  • Bibliography

    • Murgia et al 2014 2.3.11 bibliographic details
    • Needham et al. 2013 86 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2009-2016 09 Feb- 6 Sept, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth: Uncovered, LT Loan

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1999

  • Acquisition notes

    This assemblage was acquired by the British Museum in 1999 with the assistance of the Art Fund (then National Art Collections Fund), the British Museum Friends and the Brooke Sewell Fund.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    2005,0503.2

  • Additional IDs

    • 1999,1207.619 (original registration)
    • S9 (Needham et al. 2013)
Gold flange-twisted torc fragment. The middle section is curved and the coiled flanges still regular in their spacing. This however breaks down towards two tighter bends, which are due to damage; at one of these bends the flanges are especially distorted.

Gold flange-twisted torc fragment. The middle section is curved and the coiled flanges still regular in their spacing. This however breaks down towards two tighter bends, which are due to damage; at one of these bends the flanges are especially distorted.

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