BRONZE AGE TORC
Measurements: diameter – 17.1 cm (widest point), 8.8 cm (narrowest)
Description: A heavy bronze penannular torc of open ring shape decorated with closely incised grooves on the surface to thicker middle section and two smaller sections further towards the ends; with flattened coiled terminals, one with a hole.
Commonly mentioned as spoils of war and made from different metals torcs were not merely military decorations of men. Quite possibly it served as indications of ranks, status and power. It may also have had religious associations as such objects appear on the figures of the Celtic deities. The specific meaning of the torc may have varied across Celtic world and time.
Reference: S. James, Exploring the World of the Celts, London, 1993, p. 65.
Period: 800 - 500 BC
Condition: Very fine, intact, with a rich green patina to the whole torc, with some areas of encrustation.
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