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penannular ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold plated penannular ring with copper alloy core, in two pieces. The body is circular in cross-section. Gold plating covers the whole of the core and is seamless over the body of the ring, except for the ends where the gold foil has been folded over onto itself and has creased. The ring has been broken by an earlier cut.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1150BC-750BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 20.67 millimetres (a)
    • Width: 7.41 millimetres (a)
    • Thickness: 7.05 millimetres (a)
    • Weight: 7.5 grammes (a)
    • Length: 19.53 millimetres (b)
    • Width: 7.86 millimetres (b)
    • Thickness: 7.95 millimetres (b)
    • Weight: 5.8 grammes (b)
  • Curator's comments

    Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the gold-plated ring from Ireland by the British Museum indicated a gold content of 78.4% for the foil plating and a copper content of 89.3% for the core.

  • Bibliography

    • Meeks et al. 2008 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Gold tress ring, in two pieces.

Gold tress ring, in two pieces.

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