- Museum number
Brass beaded angular torc. One half is a solid, heavy bar cast in one piece. A La Tène-style scroll pattern has been cut out from a sheet of brass and attached to the bar with rivets. The other half of the torc has with hollow brass beads threaded onto a wire.
The front part, approximately one third of the circumference, is formed of a thick strip essentially rectangular in section but with convex edges with ridges along the angle so that each face is recessed. The front edge is decorated with a median, straight ridge flanked by two wavy ridges. The upper face is decorated with a raise strip forming a 'broken-backed scroll'. This strip is attached to the main body of the collar by a series of rivets passing through the nodal points. there are two additional rivets at each end. All these rivets can be seen to pass through the body of the collar. On the outer side of the scroll design is a ridge of 'cable' ornament, and on the inner side is a ridge, much smoother, as though the cable pattern had been largely worn or abraded away. The remainder of the collar is made up of 'melon beads', of which thirteen remain, which alternate with pulley-shaped spacer beads.
- Production date
- 50 - 200 (circa)
Diameter: 23.20 - 25.80 millimetres (beads)
Diameter: 165 millimetres (external, max)
Height: 21.40 millimetres (back of neck-ring)
Weight: 586 grammes
Thickness: 10.60 millimetres (back of neck-ring)
- Curator's comments
- The torc was found dismantled, inside a bronze bowl (1853,1105.1) which had been buried in a bag. These types of torcs have been found only in northern England and Scotland. They probably represent a distinctive style of local ornament developed after the Roman conquest of Southern Britain.
- On display (G50/dc30)
- Exhibition history
2016 11 Mar- 25 Sep, Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland, Celts.
2015-2016 24 Sep-31 Jan, London, BM, G30, 'Celts: Art and Identity'
2013 15 Jun-4 Aug, Dumfries Museum, Lochar Moss
1998 18 Apr-12 Jul, Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Celtic Art
1975 18 Sep-31 Oct, Lancaster, Scott Gallery, Pendle College, Romans in the North
1975 8 July - 14 Sep, Castle Barnard, Bowes Museum, Romans in the North
1975 17 May - 29 June, Kendal, Abbott Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Romans in the North
1975 12 Apr - 11 May, Durham Light Infantry Museum, Romans in the North
1970 15 Oct-22 Nov, London, Hayward Gallery, Early Celtic Art
1970 22 Aug-12 Sep, Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Museum, Early Celtic Art
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number