Torcs, or decorative neck rings, were one of the most rare and precious types of artefact used in Iron Age society.
Hevingham Torc Ring by Unknown Artist, 1st century BC
© Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
- Diameter: 2.4 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £700 ( Total: £1,000)
- Acquired in:
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Symbolic of the status and wealth of their owner, they have a particular importance in East Anglian archaeology where they are associated with particular use by the local Iceni tribe. This torc is doubly interesting as first, it is a design element not used in the majority of torcs, and second, its findspot is one from which no previous torc finds or fragments have been made. This work was acquired with the support of the Art Fund with the assistance of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Discovered by a metal detectorist near Norwich and declared Treasure in 2007.
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