Two gold torcs, Tara, Co. Meath

Gold torcs, from 1200 BCE, in National Museum

[2:28] Two gold torcs, Tara, Co. Meath.
Middle Bronze Age, 1200–1000 bc.
Found at the Rath of the Synods, Tara, Co. Meath, in 1810, these magnificent torcs which, between them, contain over a kilogram of gold, are the finest of their class from Ireland. They are of exceptionally large size and are further elaborated by the addition of extensions to the terminals, a feature which is not recorded elsewhere. Torcs of this type are made from bars of square or rectangular section, the angles of which have been hammered up to produce flanges. The even twisting of such a long bar requires considerable expertise and understanding of the working properties of the metal. W192, W173. D. 43.0 and 37.3 cm; Wt. 852.0 and 385.1 g.
Armstrong 1920 159; Eogan 1967, 132–3, 139, 164; Cahill 1983, no. 9.

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