The Newark Torc by Iron Age

This torc is a rare and beautiful example of highly skilled Iron Age craftsmanship.


Details

Medium:
Gold, silver & copper Dimensions: Diameter: 20 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,000 ( Total: £350,000)
Acquired in:
2006
Vendor:
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.

Provenance

Discovered near Newark in Nottinghamshire by a metal detectorist and declared Treasure in 2005.

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