RIBBON TORC

SOMERSET, CO. GALWAY
IRON AGE, 1ST CENTURY AD
GOLD
42 CM. (CIRCUMFERENCE)
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

This tightly coiled torc was made by hammering an ingot of gold into a strip and forming an open twist. Unlike other ribbon torcs, this has non-functional terminals that are straight rather than hooked. This element suggests that the torc was unfinished when deposited. On the edge of the terminals are small knobs.

The hoard found at Somerset consisted of a bronze box and iron objects that were unfortunately discarded upon discovery. Because of these other objects, the hoard seems to have belonged to a bronzesmith who had been competent in gold.
 
This torc is similar to the ribbon torc found in Belfast, however, it less refined. Archaeologist O’Kelly suggests that it has continental La Tène prototypes.

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