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Torc


Artist: Unknown Celtic Primary
Date: 4th-3rd century BCE
Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.63 in. (13.97 x 13.97 x 1.59 cm)
Object Type: Jewelry
Medium and Support: Copper alloy
Credit Line: Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.191.247)
Accession Number: L2010.01.11
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries


During the Iron Age, torcs were symbols of both social and religious power. These stiff neck rings were worn by high-ranking members of various European cultures, but are most commonly associated with ancient Celtic kings and Druids. The prestige of the torc’s wearer was defined by the preciousness of the metal used and degree of embellishment; some surviving torcs are made of gold and elaborately decorated. This is a modest example.



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