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Silver Neck Ring

475–400 B.C.
Overall: 5 7/8 x 6 1/16 x 15/16 in. (14.9 x 15.4 x 2.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Neck rings, worn by both men and women, were often seen as symbols of divinity or high rank, while also offering protective powers. Ancient writers noted that the first-century Celtic queen Boudicca, who fought against the Romans in Britain, wore a gold neck ring in battle. Celtic artists often depicted deities wearing or holding such rings.
Found in Mâcon, France.; Emmanuel Manolis Segredakis, Paris (sold 1932); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1932–sold 1947)]
Picten, Harold, and Josef Strzygowski. Early German Art and its Origins: from the beginnings to about 1050. London: B.T. Batsford, 1939. p. 20, fig. 8; XXI, 5.

Jacobstahl, Paul. Early Celtic Art. Vol. 2. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1944. fig. 130-138.

Megaw, John Vincent Stanley. "Ein verzierter Frülatène Halsring im Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." Germania (1967). pp. 50-59.

Müller, Felix, and Willem B. Stern. Die frühlatènezeitlichen Scheibenhalsringe. Römisch-germanische Forschungen, Vol. 46. Mainz am Rhein: University of Basel, 1989. p. 37, 110.

Megaw, John Vincent Stanley. "A Late La Tène Anthropoid Gripped Sword in New York." In Zwischen Rom und dem Barbaricum: Festschrift für Titus Kolník zum 70. Geburtstag. Nitra: Institute of Archaeology of Slovak Academy of Sciences, 2002. p. 407.

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