The Snettisham Treasure by Unknown Artist

This Celtic torc is made of over a kilogram of gold mixed with silver and consists of sixty-four threads twisted eight at a time to make eight separate ropes of metal.


Details

Medium:
Gold/ gold-silver alloy/ silver
Art Fund grant:
£1,850 ( Total: £1,850)
Acquired in:
1951
Vendor:
Treasure Trove: the finder

These were then all twisted around one another to make the final torc. This torc is the most magnificent of all of the many objects unearthed during excavations at Snettisham in Norfolk and is one of Britain's greatest antiquities. Dating from circa 75 BC, this torc can, unusually, be closely dated because a small coin was found caught up within its strands. The other Iron Age objects found in this hoard are: 1) part of a torc, with one buffer terminal remaining; 2) this illustrated torc 3) a bracelet (diam. 8.2 cm); 4) a composite torc with ornamented ring-terminals (diam. 19.6 cm); 5) Atrebatin quarter stater, circa 50 BC or later, found inside the composite torc.

Provenance

Found in a field at Snettisham, Norfolk, between 1948 and 1990.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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