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Gold amulet in the form of a hexagonal-sectioned tube with two suspension rings. The object is a hollow gold tube of regular hexagonal cross-section, with two reeded suspension rings attached to one side. Each end is decorated with a border of beaded wire. One end is soldered closed while the other is sealed with a thick hexagonal plate of gold, held in position by the turned-over edges of the tube.
When opened, the case proved to be tightly packed with sulphur.
There is some wear on the rings and on the beaded wire.
Length: 39 millimetres
Weight: 13.30 grammes
Width: 10 millimetres
- 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
For more details, and examples of parallels, see Johns and Potter (1983) 'The Thetford Treasure: Roman Jewellery and Silver' Cat. 30.
- On display (G49/dc23)
- Exhibition history
2011 23 June-9 Oct, London, BM, Treasures of Heaven
2002-2003 25 Oct-16 Mar, Tongeren, Provinciaal Gallo-Romeins Museum, Schone Schijn (Glitter and Glamour)
1982-1983 8 Sep-10 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum, The Thetford Treasure
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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