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Copper alloy torc made from twisted square wire with hook-and-eye terminals.
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Diameter: 197 - 199 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Stead and Rigby 1999
Context: Twisted torcs
Most twisted torcs are La Tène Ia (with brooches in Villeneuve-Renneville graves 26, 35, 56 and 63; Les Jogasses grave M11; La Chaussée grave 63; Etrechy 'Beau-Regard' graves 1, 26 and 27). Perhaps they start in Hallstatt D (Charvais grave 5, with no other grave-goods; Villeneuve-Renneville grave 30 with a Hallstatt D brooch; and several have been found with basket-shaped earrings - a Hallstatt D and La Tène Ia type: Villeneuve-Renneville grave 27; Beine ‘l’Argentelle’ grave 1; Dormans; Les Jogasses grave M78), but there are no twisted torcs in the Hallstatt part of the Les Jogasses cemetery. There is an annular twisted torc in Vert-la-Gravelle grave 6, an early La Tène Ib grave group. (Fig. 1, type O)
2. Hook-and-eye terminals: made from twisted square wire (cf. Maryon, H., 1971, ‘Metalwork and enamelling’ (5th rev. edn) new York, fig. 238, nos 1 and 2) usually with the hook across the width of the torc (ML.1802 and ML.2086 have the hook in the opposite plane). ML.1591, ML.1791, ML.1871 and ML.2086 have rounded edges, and Ian Mclntyre achieved a comparable effect from a stock of square-section wire whose edges were rounded before twisting. There are examples from Villeneuve-Renneville graves 24, 26, 35 and 63; Les Jogasses grave M105; also Bretz-Mahler, D., 1971, ‘La civilisation de La Tène en Champagne (Gallia, supplément, 23), pl. 34, 2 and pl. 37; Thénot, A, 1982, ‘La civilisation celtique dans l’est de la France, d’après la collection de Baye’, Paris, pl. 14, 13.
- Not on display
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