Irish / Gold Disk from a Spool / 900?600 B.C.Irish
Gold Disk from a Spool
900?600 B.C.

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Creator Nationality: European; British; Irish
Creator Name-CRT: Irish
Title: Gold Disk from a Spool
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: 900?600 B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: gold
Dimensions: Diam. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Description: This disk once formed one side of a large gold spool or bobbin, the exact use of which remains a mystery. Each disk was worked in the repoussé technique in which a complicated pattern of lines, convex cones, and concentric circles was hammered out from the reverse side. Ireland experienced a resurgence in the production of goldwork during the Late Bronze Age. Numerous objects noteworthy for the amount of gold they employ, their innovative forms, and the sophistication of their decoration still survive. Alongside objects of personal ornament such as gold collars and dress fasteners, artisans produced gold rings and boxes that, like the spools, were probably created for purely votive or ritual purposes.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 47.100.14
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1947
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Late Bronze Age
AMICA ID: MMA_.47.100.14
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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