- Museum number
- Series: Ipswich Torcs
Gold alloy torc with loop terminals. The neck-ring consists of two fluted bars twisted together. The external 'facets' or flutes on each bar have been reworked to form several smaller irregular facets, giving each bar a more approximately circular cross-section. On each terminal is a La Tène style design of scrolls and bosses in relief. This design may be unfinished; only initial hammering and tooling is evident. The terminals were cast onto hoop using the lost wax method.
- Production date
- 150 BC - 50 BC (circa)
Diameter: 15.20 millimetres (cross-section neck ring)
Diameter: 202 millimetres (external, max)
Diameter: 44.10 millimetres (terminals)
Length: 60.20 millimetres (distance between terminals)
Weight: 1044.10 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Five gold torcs (1969,0103.1-5, which came to be known as the 'Ipswich Torcs') were found together near Ipswich, Suffolk All were made from two twisted solid bars, with loop terminals cast on. Four (1969,0103.2-5) have cast terminals ornamented in high relief: they can be paired but their patterns are not identical. The fifth (1969,0103.1) has plain terminals. These torcs were probably deposited together as a hoard around 75 BC.
A sixth torc found nearby in 1970 (1971,0203.1) is slightly different in design, but is probably part of the same original group.
- On display (G50/dc20)
- 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 24 Aug- 2016 06 Oct, Norwich, Castle Museum, The Ipswich Torcs.
2012-2013 Nov-Mar, Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2012 Mar-Jul, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Treasures of the World’s Cultures
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Found on 26/10/1968
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Treasure/PAS number: T46 (Treasure number)