Celtic / Torque (Neck Ring) / 5th century B.C.Celtic
Torque (Neck Ring)
5th century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: European; Celtic
Creator Name-CRT: Celtic
Title: Torque (Neck Ring)
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: -49
Creation End Date: -40
Creation Date: 5th century B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: silver
Dimensions: Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm)

This object was discovered in M√Ęcon, France. It is unusual in that it is made of silver, which was more commonly used by the Celtic artisans working in eastern Europe, for they had easier access to the precious metal. The particular configuration of its design is distinctly western, however, and recalls torques from Switzerland and Germany that were created in bronze.

A particularly striking feature of the design is the tiny human heads that mark the juncture between the plain and decorated segments. They are triangular in shape, with detailed facial features, mustaches, and trailing beards. The round, empty sockets in the beads above the heads most likely held pieces of coral: tiny prongs designed to hold the pieces in place still remain.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 47.100.16
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1947
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_photo_lib.asp
Style or Period: European Iron Age
AMICA ID: MMA_.47.100.16
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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