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penannular bracelet

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold penannular bracelet. The solid thin body has an oval section and it is unevenly curved. The ends are slightly expanded to form solid, plain and oval sectioned terminals.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1150BC-750BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 77.51 millimetres
    • Width: 5.15 millimetres (body centre)
    • Width: 5.69 millimetres (body end)
    • Thickness: 3.96 millimetres (body centre)
    • Thickness: 7.49 millimetres (body end)
    • Diameter: 5.75 millimetres (terminal)
    • Weight: 49 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    The hoard was discovered on low ground in the area between Lock Ataska and Mooghaun Loch. It has been stated that the area was under water prior the modern cutting of a deep drain from Mooghaun Lake. Accounts of the precise place of discovery vary, but it appears that the ornaments were packed into a cavity.The bracelet is part of the largest hoard of gold objects found in Ireland near Newmarket on Fergus. The discovery of the hoard was made in March 1854 by labourers working on the construction of the Limerick to Ennis railway.
    The find was dispersed at the time of the discovery and a large proportion was melted down. For that reason the total contents of the hoard can never be established but 146 pieces survived to be presented at a meeting of the Royal Irish Academy on June 26th 1854 weighing 174 oz 11dwt 7 gr or nearly 5kg.


  • Bibliography

    • Murgia et al 2014 bibliographic details
    • Eogan 1983a p.69-72, no. 58 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G68/dc5/p2/no3

  • Exhibition history

    2012 - Present, London, BM, G68 Money Gallery
    1991 23 Aug-24 Nov, Dublin, National Museum of Ireland, Irish Bronze Age Gold

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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