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  • Description

    Gold lunula. Flat sheet crescent of beaten gold with spatulate terminals rotated relative to the crescent. It is decorated with a complex finely-incised geometric pattern.
    The horns are decorated with a triangle filled with intersecting parallel lines and with a series of horizontal lines; rows of small vertical lines; rows of small triangles; rows of small triangles filled with horizontal lines; triangles filled with oblique lines; patterns of small vertical lines; and void spaces.The horn’s inner and outer edges are decorated with a border of three horizontal lines. The decoration extends down the body in the form of a border parallel with the inner and outer edges. The border consists of a series of parallel lines and rows of small triangles. The centre of the border is decorated with rectangular spaces made up of rows of small triangle and small vertical lines or filled with small vertical lines, rows of small triangles and intersecting parallel lines.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2400BC-2000BC (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 210 millimetres (outer)
    • Diameter: 143.63 millimetres (inner)
    • Width: 74.48 millimetres (body centre)
    • Width: 51.36 millimetres (horn maximum)
    • Width: 3.44 millimetres (horn minimum)
    • Thickness: 0.11 millimetres (body)
    • Length: 19.02 millimetres (terminal)
    • Width: 18.49 millimetres (terminal)
    • Thickness: 0.21 millimetres (terminal)
    • Weight: 57.9 grammes
  • Bibliography

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

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2017 28 Jun-08 Oct, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2017 1 Mar-31 May, National Museum of China, Beijing, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2016-2017 08 Sep-29 Jan, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' 2016 13 Feb-18 Jun, National Museum of Western Australia, Perth, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015-2016 20 Sep-11 Jan, Kobe City Museum, Kobe, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 14 Jul–6 Sep, Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 18 Apr–28 Jun, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2014-2015 13 Dec-15 Mar, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2014 23 Apr-01 Aug, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects’ 2012 1 Jun-28 Jul, London, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Goldsmiths' Hall, Gold: Power and Allure’.

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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