- Museum number
- Series: Ipswich Torcs
Gold alloy torc with loop terminals. The neck-ring consists of two fluted bars twisted together. The terminals are decorated in relief with Tène II style curvilinear motifs of bosses and scrolls, within a border of two corded bands lying slightly apart. The terminals were cast onto the neck-ring using the lost wax method.
- Production date
- 150 BC - 50 BC (circa)
Diameter: 14.20 millimetres (cross-section neck-ring)
Diameter: 189 millimetres (external, max)
Diameter: 40.80 millimetres (terminal 1)
Diameter: 41.50 millimetres (terminal 2)
Length: 20 millimetres (distance between terminals)
Weight: 915.10 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
2015 24 Aug- 2016 06 Oct, Norwich, Castle Museum, The Ipswich Torcs.
1998 18 Apr-12 Jul, Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Celtic Art
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Found on 26/10/1968
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Treasure/PAS number: T46 (Treasure number)