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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold ?cape sheet fragment. The rectangular fragment of beaten sheet gold is decorated with three bands of rounded bosses between three embossed ribs. One of the edges has four holes. There are traces of a brown substance, probably soil, in the back of the fragment.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1900BC-1600BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 34.39 millimetres
    • Width: 45.41 millimetres
    • Thickness: 0.05 millimetres
    • Weight: 2.3 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Although found with the Mold gold cape fragments, this sheet fragment as well as sheet fragment 1836,0902.3 do not appear to have been part of the cape and may well have been part of a distinct object, possibly another cape, instead.

    The Mold Gold Cape was found by workmen quarrying for stone in a burial mound in 1833 in a field named Bryn yr Ellyllon (the Fairies' or Goblins' Hill). At the centre of the mound was a stone-lined grave with the crushed gold cape around the fragmentary remains of a skeleton. Strips of bronze and many amber beads were recovered, but only one of the beads reached the British Museum (1852,0615.1).


  • Bibliography

    • Needham 2000 bibliographic details
    • Powell 1953 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 bibliographic details
    • Needham 2012 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    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

  • Condition

    There is a crack in the fragment surface.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Parts of the Mold gold cape and associated artefacts from the site which were found in 1833 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.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Gold sheet fragment.

Gold sheet fragment.

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