- Museum number
- Object: The Ringlemere Cup
Gold cup, body beaten out from single piece of metal. With sub-conical body tapering to an omphalos base; the rim is flaring; the single rivetted strap handle links the rim to the mid carination. The rivet plates are lozenge shaped and the handle has decorative ridges parallel with its hour-glass shaped sides. Most of the body, both the neck and lower, is corrugated with continuous horizontal ribs. Above and below are plain zones, but just before the rim there is a single row of pointille punched from the outer surface.
- Production date
Height: 112 millimetres (excluding handle)
Weight: 183.70 grammes
Thickness: 0.40 millimetres (corrugated wall)
Thickness: 1 millimetres (rim)
Width: 105 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is only the second example of its type to come from Britain, the other being the Rillaton Cup. The cup is one of six stylistically related gold cups from Europe, distributed between England, Brittany, north-west Germany and northern Switzerland.
Needham, S., Parfitt, K., Varndell, G., 2006. The Ringlemere Cup: Precious Cups and the Beginning of the Channel Bronze Age. p.84-87.
- On display (G51/dc11)
- Exhibition history
2018-2019 Oct-Apr, Wiltshire, Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Making New Worlds
2006-2007 Oct 16-Feb 26, Dover, Dover Museum, 'The Ringlemere Cup'
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
- The vessel is badly crushed resulting in strong creases and tears.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Found 4th November 2001 by Mr Bradshaw while metal detecting, and reported to Portable Antiquities finds liason officer. Subsequently declared Treasure.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Treasure/PAS number: 2001T5 (Treasure number)