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  • Description

    Gold necklace of round-sectioned loop-in-loop chain. The tubular terminals have transverse grooving and large rings. To one of these rings is attached the long hook forming the clasp. Soldered to the hook are two decorative asymmetrical S-volutes in flat gold ribbon, forming a lyre design.
    When found, two finger-rings (nos.8 and 9) were threaded onto this chain.


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  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 427 millimetres
    • Weight: 30 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Gold jewellery 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.

    Among these were gold jewellery, including six necklaces and three finger-rings, two of which were found threaded onto one of the chains. While the body-chain, necklaces and bracelets would all have been worn by women, the rings could have been worn by either sex. The chains were probably designed to be worn with pendants, but no pendants were hidden with the hoard. All three rings are well worn, and their gems have been deliberately removed, no doubt for re-setting in newer pieces of jewellery.


  • Bibliography

    • Bland & Johns 1993 bibliographic details
    • Johns 2010 5 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc23

  • Exhibition history

    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

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • T304 (Treasure number)
Gold loop-in-loop chain with plain terminal. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

Gold loop-in-loop chain with plain terminal. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

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