The Blessington lunula
- The Blessington lunula
Gold lunula. Flat sheet crescent of beaten gold with quadrangular terminals. It is decorated with a finely-incised and complex geometric pattern. The horns are decorated with horizontal patterns of horizontal lines, concentric triangles, bands of diamond shaped motifs, triangles touching at their apex filled with horizontal lines, rows of small oblique lines, rows of small triangles a single band of triangle-diamond-triangle shaped motifs filled with intersecting parallel lines and void spaces. The horn’s inner and outer edges are decorated with a border of horizontal lines. Four concentric triangles 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 triangles.
- 2400BC-2000BC (circa)
- Found/Acquired: Blessington
- (Europe,Republic of Ireland,Wicklow,Blessington)
- Diameter: 221 millimetres (outer)
- Diameter: 135.51 millimetres (inner)
- Width: 66.54 millimetres (body centre)
- Width: 39.16 millimetres (horn maximum)
- Width: 2.05 millimetres (horn minimum)
- Thickness: 0.15 millimetres (body)
- Length: 20.19 millimetres (terminal)
- Width: 15.75 millimetres (terminal)
- Thickness: 0.4 millimetres (terminal)
- Weight: 67.2 grammes
Not on display
1985 1 Aug-13 Oct, Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland, Symbols of Power at the Time of Stonehenge
The lunula shows little sign of damage beyond three small holes and accompanying tears in the body.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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Object reference number: BCB46972
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