Commonly mentioned as spoils of war and made from different metals, torcs were not merely military decorations of men. Quite possibly they served as indications of ranks, status and power. They 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. Designs could vary from very simple to extremely elaborate pieces, in various metals, including gold. Some torcs were probably used as rattles during rituals, or otherwise, because of their great size and weight, put on statues as votive offerings.
Large Coiled Bronze Age Torc
An impressive and rare European Bronze Age torc formed from twisted rods with hook and eye terminal. It is made up of one long spiral bronze wire doubled up, the two ends formed into a hook and loop fastener and so joined together at the top.
Condition: Very fine, intact, some encrustations and deep green patina.