- Museum number
Copper alloy terret. Cast bronze ring with 'saddle' type attachment bar set between two circular domed stops around each of which there is a groove. There is a slight wear facet on the top of each stop. Both stops are hollowed underneath. Symmetrically disposed around the outer edge of the ring and set parallel thereto are three clusters of four semi-circular wings. The inner pair of wings on the top of the cluster has been crushed flat, with the result that one of them has nearly broken off. One of the inner wings on one of the side clusters has been bent out of true. Close to the edge on the under surface of the sideways-projecting wings there is a groove. The inner faces of the inner pair of wings in each cluster are embellished with insets filled with glass; these insets are bordered with incised lines. The ring itself also has insets for glass. Much of the glass on the ring and on the wings has devitrified or dropped out, but enough survives in its original state to indicate that it was all once red in colour.
- Production date
- 50 - 150 (circa)
Height: 79 millimetres (originally 86 mm)
Width: 109 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From a hoard of metal objects in a pit lined with burnt clay found by chance in ploughing a field in June 1800 near the top of the Polden Hills somewhere near Bridgewater (Harford 1803: 90-1). Harford wrote: "the hoard was ploughed up near the top of Polden Hill near Bridgewater. Polden hill is an eminence on one side of Kings Sedgemoor, a little above the village of Edington, where are evident remains of a Roman station."
According to W.A. Seaby (quoted in C. Fox 1952: 54), the hoard was probably found on Knowle Hill in Bawdrip parish; the source of Seaby's information is not cited, but it may be related to two letters sent to the British Museum (from R. Rainbird Clarke on 26th May 1938 and H.S.L. Dewar on 11th March 1949) which give this location. Mansel Spratling (quoted in Brailsford 1975, 222) has suggested that this could be a confusion arising from the fact that there is a terret from Knowle Hill in Taunton Museum. This terret is very different to the Polden Hill group, and is much more extensively mineralised. It may be safest (as Brailsford has argued) to dismiss the Bawdrip location and accept the original location: 'a little above the village of Edington'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2019 Oct – Dec, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain
2019 28 Jun – 28 Sep, Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight, Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain
2019 13 Apr – 16 Jun, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain
2019 18 Jan – 31 Mar, Ulster Museum, NMNI, Belfast, Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain
2018-2019 13 Oct – 5 Jan, Salisbury Museum, Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain
2015-2016 3 Dec-22 May, London, BM, G69a, Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain
1998 18 Apr-12 Jul, Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Celtic Art
1997 28 Mar-15 Jun, Northampton Central Museum, Through Celtic Mists: Life and Ritual in the Iron Age
- Acquisition notes
- In sale on March 23rd 1846
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number