Ribbon torc - ROM2010_11707_8


Ribbon torc

Medium:Hammered gold
Geography: Found in Derbyshire, UK
Date: about 2000-1500 BC
Period: Late Irish Bronze Age
9.9 cm, 12.6 g
Object number: 909.14.5
Credit Line: Gift of Sigmund Samuel
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: Britain and Ireland to the time of the Romans
DescriptionCopper and gold objects were first made in Ireland about 2500 BC using unrefined alluvial gold from the Wicklow Mountains (south-east Ireland). In the early Bronze Age, ornaments made of hammered gold sheets, chiefly lunulae, predominated. Heavier gold work came in after about 1400 BC, including twisted neck-bands (torcs).
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