This torc is a rare and beautiful example of highly skilled Iron Age craftsmanship.
The Newark Torc by Unknown Artist, 25050 BC
- Gold, silver & copper
- Diameter: 20 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £20,000 ( Total: £350,000)
- Acquired in:
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
The main body consists of rolled and twisted gold wire ropes fixed to ring-shaped terminals. These are decorated with an elaborate raised floral and point-work design. The torc is an alloy of gold, silver and copper, creating a radiant colour. It was probably made in Norfolk, where similar types have been discovered, and brought to the Newark area. Torcs were worn as ornaments symbolic of high status.
Discovered near Newark in Nottinghamshire by a metal detectorist and declared Treasure in 2005.