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lunula

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1835,1026.1

  • Description

    Gold lunula in three pieces. Flat sheet crescent of beaten gold with oval terminals rotated relative to the crescent. It is decorated with an incised geometric pattern. The decoration extends down the body in the form of a border parallel to the inner and outer edges which comprises a sequence of parallel lines and crosses. The horns are decorated with patterns of horizontal parallel lines, oblique lines, diamond shaped motifs, triangles and diamond voids created by opposing filled triangles touching at their apex.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2400BC-2000BC (circa)
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 222 millimetres (outer)
    • Diameter: 153 millimetres (inner)
    • Width: 40.91 millimetres (body centre)
    • Width: 24.11 millimetres (horn maximum)
    • Width: 2.89 millimetres (horn minimum)
    • Thickness: 0.15 millimetres (body)
    • Length: 17.76 millimetres (terminal)
    • Width: 9.83 millimetres (terminal)
    • Thickness: 0.26 millimetres (terminal)
    • Weight: 40.8 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Taylor 1970 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 1.4.2.4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    The surface of the lunula is highly crinkled rather than smooth, perhaps indicating that it has been folded or rolled in the past.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1835

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1835,1026.1

Gold lunula in three pieces. Flat sheet gold crescent with oval terminals rotated relative to the crescent. It is decorated with an incised geometric pattern. The decoration extends down the body in the form of a border parallel to the inner and outer edges which comprises a sequence of parallel lines and crosses. The horns are decorated with patterns of horizontal parallel lines, oblique lines, diamond shaped motifs, triangles and diamond voids created by opposing filled triangles touching at their apex. The surface of the lunula is highly crinkled rather than smooth, perhaps indicating that it has been folded or rolled in the past.

Gold lunula in three pieces. Flat sheet gold crescent with oval terminals rotated relative to the crescent. It is decorated with an incised geometric pattern. The decoration extends down the body in the form of a border parallel to the inner and outer edges which comprises a sequence of parallel lines and crosses. The horns are decorated with patterns of horizontal parallel lines, oblique lines, diamond shaped motifs, triangles and diamond voids created by opposing filled triangles touching at their apex. The surface of the lunula is highly crinkled rather than smooth, perhaps indicating that it has been folded or rolled in the past.

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