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The Ringlemere Cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Ringlemere Cup
  • Description

    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.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1700BC-1500BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 112 millimetres (excluding handle)
    • Width: 105 millimetres
    • Thickness: 1 millimetres (rim)
    • Thickness: 0.4 millimetres (corrugated wall)
    • Weight: 183.7 grammes
  • 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.


  • Bibliography

    • Needham et al. 2006 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 1.9.2 bibliographic details
    • TAR 2001 pp. 14-15, no. 2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G51/dc11

  • Exhibition history

    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

  • Condition

    The vessel is badly crushed resulting in strong creases and tears.

  • Acquisition name

  • 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.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 2001T5 (Treasure number)


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