- Museum number
Gold ribbon torc. The torc was made by beating an ingot into a flat band that was then twisted from left to right. The body narrows slightly from the middle to the ends. The expanded terminals are circular in section and bent-back to form hooks.
- Production date
- 1400BC-1100BC (circa)
Diameter: 138.47 millimetres
Weight: 22.30 grammes
Thickness: 0.40 millimetres (flat band)
Thickness: 1.80 millimetres (terminal)
Thickness: 3.96 millimetres (twisted body end)
Thickness: 6.58 millimetres (twisted cody centre)
- Curator's comments
- There is a considerable debate regarding the dating of Ribbon Torcs either to the Middle Bronze Age or Iron Age on the basis of compositional analyses, terminal forms and limited contextual evidence as from Somerset, Co. Galway and Dooyork, Co Mayo, Ireland and the Blair Drummond hoard, Stirling, Scotland. The emerging typological consensus places loosely coiled torcs with simple hook terminals from Ireland in the Middle Bronze Age whilst tightly coiled torcs with knobbed terminals in Britain and Ireland are placed in the Iron Age (Fraser Hunter, Mary Cahill, Jody Joy and Trevor Cowie pers. comm. 9/12/11). However, the presence of objects that do not conform to this binary typology means that dating still relies on good contextual evidence. As a consequence, two ribbon torcs have been dated to the Middle Bronze Age and the remaining 12 ribbon torcs have been placed in the undiagnostic section with a possible/probable Iron Age date.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number