Throw back to the Middle Bronze Age (c. 12oo-9oo BC)

A gold torc of the Middle Bronze Age found on the borders of Glamorgan with Brecknockshire (Wales) in 1838. It is fascinating to see all these pieces of art that are thousands of years old.

It is made from a twisted bar of a cruciform section and is wound into 31/2 coils. This is an example of the ‘Tara’ type of torc, found in Britain, Ireland and northern France.

Although it is generally held that all those found outside Ireland were exported from there, the Irish specimens are never found coiled up, but the British usually are, and a difference in use is likely: in Ireland, they were worn about the neck, in Britain about the arm.

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Published by Peter Lopez

Peter is a lifelong student of art with a particular passion for jewelry, vintage European cars, movies, books, and history.

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