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penannular ring

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  • Description

    Gold plated penannular ring with tin alloy core and punched decoration. The circular body is circular in cross-section and it is slightly thinner at the ends rather than in the middle. The ring has parallel squared flat endings facing each other.The gold foil would have been wrapped around the white metal core, and burnished into position. Gold plating covers the whole of the core with only two small pieces of foil missed and there is a seam on the inner curved surface. There are also many radial crease lines where the gold foil has folded in the same region.The decoration consist of five rows of round punch marks on each side, while the outer ends are decorated with a pattern of parallel lines that enclose cross-hatch patterns. Patterns were probably punched after the foil was wrapped around and burnished onto the core.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1150BC-750BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 38.45 millimetres (outer)
    • Diameter: 14.03 millimetres (inner)
    • Width: 16 millimetres (body centre)
    • Width: 12.96 millimetres (body end)
    • Thickness: 13.8 millimetres (body centre)
    • Thickness: 10.38 millimetres (body end)
    • Weight: 73.4 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the gold ring from Garvagh House by the British Museum indicated a gold content of 85.2% on the gold foil plating.

  • Bibliography

    • Meeks et al. 2008 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Penannular ring; gold-plated tin core with punched decoration.

Penannular ring; gold-plated tin core with punched decoration.

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