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Neck Ring (Torque)

600 B.C.
Copper alloy
Overall: 8 3/8 x 8 11/16 x 11/16 in. (21.3 x 22 x 1.7 cm)
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Purchase, Nathaniel Spear Jr. Gift, 1987
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The design of this torque is deceptive. It appears to be wrapped with a wide, flat wire that changes direction six times. In fact, the complex pattern has been cut into the metal. Although it is not known where this object was found, torques such as this have been discovered in peat bogs where it is thought that they were cast as offerings to a god or goddess or as symbols of thanksgiving.
[ K. J. Hewett Ltd., London (sold 1982)]; [ Ward & Company Works of Art, New York (sold 1987)]
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Origins of Design: Bronze Age and Celtic Masterworks. New York: Ward & Company Works of Art, 1987.

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