RIBBON TORC

COOLMANAGH, CO. CARLOW
LATE BRONZE AGE, 1200-1000 BC
GOLD
21.75 CM. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
 

The largest ribbon torc recorded, this piece was made by finely twisting a strip of gold twenty times. Like the ribbon torc found at Knock, this torc is slightly asymmetrical; the twists on the right side are further apart than the twists on the left side. The ribbons end in terminals of octagonal and hexagonal shapes that bend back and lock together.

In 1978, this torc was found during disc-harrowing with a flanged torc; both had been deposited in damp land on the edge of a swamp. This find is unusual because it is the first time in which that a ribbon torc and flanged torc were found together. Because the flanged torc is clearly acknowledged as belonging to the late Bronze age, scholars dated this torc to the same origin.
 
 

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