- Museum number
Gold armlet, with pierced ('opus interrasile'), applied and repoussé decoration. The object is constructed from three elements: two tubular rings made from repoussé-decorated strips of gold, which form the borders, and a broad flat band of intricately pierced gold between them. The relief and engraved decoration of the tubular border is laid out as a series of diagonal zones. The motifs include leaves and birds, imbricated leaf patterns, shells, small dolphins and an overall diaper pattern of square quatrefoils. The groups are separated by plain concave bands with beaded borders.
The pierced design of the hoop consists of eight panels. Between them the gold has been left intact and has been covered on the outside with a simple twisted column, applied with solder. There are four different pierced designs, repeating once:
Panels 1 and 5: two contiguous circles with four curved segments forming a quatrefoil where the circles touch.
Panels 2 and 6: on a pierced background, the lines of piercing following the outlines of the solid motifs, are two leaves, a vine and a curved ivy leaf, facing each other in an S-curve.
Panels 3 and 7: two square panels surrounded with straight lines of piercing, each containing four solid vine leaves with engraved veins, set out as a quatrefoil.
Panels 4 and 8: a solid vine leaf, with veins marked, with a swirling pattern of piercing curling round into a complete spiral next to it. Openwork.
Diameter: 95 - 103 millimetres
Weight: 139.20 grammes
Width: 38 millimetres (hoop)
- Curator's comments
- Bracelets from the Hoxne hoard
Roman Britain, buried in the 5th century AD
Found at Hoxne, Suffolk (1992)
The Hoxne (pronounced 'Hoxon') hoard is the richest find of treasure from Roman Britain. Alongside the approximately 15,000 coins were many other precious objects, buried for safety at a time when Britain was passing out of Roman control.
This unique collection of nineteen bracelets was tightly packed together in the ground in three groups which were first separated during the laboratory phase of the excavation. They include matching pairs and sets of four. The bracelets in pierced goldwork are of fine quality, as is the pair with figured scenes in relief.
One set of four, made of corrugated gold sheet, resembles a pair in the Thetford treasure.
- On display (G49/dc23)
- Exhibition history
2006 31 Mar-29 Oct, York, Yorkshire Museum, Constantine
2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
1994-1995 Oct-Jan, Ipswich Museum, The Hoxne Treasure
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Treasure/PAS number: T304 (Treasure number)