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Pair of gold bracelets decorated with 'basket' pattern. The bracelets are an exactly matching pair. They are complete circular hoops, formed of a strip of thin gold sheet, ridged and impressed to resemble basket-work (cf. rings 1981,0201.10 and 1981,0201.12). They are bordered on each side by a plain rectangular-sectioned gold flange. The ends of the strip or ribbon are simply overlapped, and are held in position only by this edging. The bracelets show no trace of wear of any kind, the slight physical deformation clearly being the result of pressure during burial. The surface of the metal appears pristine.
Diameter: 65 millimetres (exterior)
Weight: 26.80 grammes
- Curator's comments
These objects formed part of a remarkable hoard of late-Roman gold jewellery and silver tableware found near Thetford, Norfolk, in 1979.
The jewellery, most of which is in pristine, unused condition, clearly shows the late-Antique taste for elaboration and bright colour which had been evolving since the third century AD. The stylistic links between individual items suggest that most were the products of a single workshop, quite possibly in Britain. The jewellery includes necklaces and clasps, five pendants, and four bracelets.
Roman Britain, 4th century AD
The obvious relationship of bracelets 1981,0201.24 and .25 with the rings 1981,0201.10 and .12 is yet another demonstration of the homogeneity within the Thetford hoard itself, and incidentally refutes any suggestion that the bracelets might be earlier than the late fourth-century, since there is no doubt about the late date of the rings. The bracelets cannot have been old when buried; they are among the most obviously new items in the hoard in terms of their condition.
For more details, and examples of parallels, see Johns and Potter (1983) 'The Thetford Treasure: Roman Jewellery and Silver' Cat. 24
- On display (G49/dc23)
- Exhibition history
1982-1983 8 Sep-10 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum, The Thetford Treasure
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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