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Ór - Ireland's Gold

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Detail of ribbon torc terminal

The collection of prehistoric goldwork ranges in date between 2200 BC and 500 BC. Most are pieces of jewellery but the precise function of some is unknown.

During the Early Bronze Age the principal gold products were made from sheet gold, and include sundiscs and the crescentic gold collars called lunulae.

Around 1200 BC new gold working techniques were developed. During this time a great variety of torcs were made by twisting bars or strips of gold.

Styles changed again around 900 BC - the Late Bronze Age - and the goldwork of this period can be divided into two main types. Solid objects such as bracelets and dress-fasteners contrast dramatically with large sheet gold collars and delicate ear-spools.

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Ór - Ireland's Gold is located at:
Archaeology,
Kildare St,
Dublin 2
D02 FH48


The collection of prehistoric goldwork ranges in date between 2200 BC and 500 BC. Most are pieces of jewellery but the precise function of some is unknown.

 

Archaeology

Introduction to the Gold Collection

The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology's gold collection owes its existence to the vision of the Royal Irish Academy.

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Archaeology

Archaeology,
Kildare St,
Dublin 2,
D02 FH48

+353 1 677 7444