The Shannongrove Gorget

2006an7353 jpg l

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Acquired in 1948 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Gold, Ulster Museum, National Museums and Galleries of Ireland, 2003, pp. 11-13. Catalogue of exhibition held at the Ulster Museum, 2003.
collection_code
MET
credit
Given by Col. C. K. Howard Bury
date_end
date_start
date_text
800 BC-700 BC (made)
descriptive_line
Gold collar, Ireland, late Bronze Age (probably 800-700 BC).
dimensions
Diameter: 9.5 cm of discs, Diameter: 29.2 cm maximum, of gorget
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
Gold (Ulster Museum 01/01/2003-31/12/2003)
gallery
Jewellery, room 91
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
68341
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T23:52:58.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T23:52:58.000Z
latitude
52.976181
location
Jewellery, room 91, case 51
longitude
7.85784
marks
materials
gold
materials_techniques
Embossed gold
museum_number
M.35-1948
museum_number_token
m351948
object_number
O71651
object_type
Collar
on_display
true
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Horseshoe-shaped gold collar with chased and embossed decoration
place
Ireland
primary_image_id
2006AN7353
production_note
probably 8th century BC
production_type
public_access_description
Jewellery is a universal form of adornment. Jewellery made from shells, stone and bones survives from prehistoric times. It is likely that from an early date it was worn as a protection from the dangers of life or as a mark of status or rank. In the ancient world the discovery of how to work metals was an important stage in the development of the art of jewellery. Over time, metalworking techniques became more sophisticated and decoration more intricate. Gold, a rare and highly valued material, was buried with the dead so as to accompany its owner into the afterlife. Much archaeological jewellery comes from tombs and hoards. Sometimes, as with the gold collars from Ireland which have been found folded in half, it appears people may have followed a ritual for the disposal of jewellery. This collar was found in a bog in Shannongrove, Co. Limerick, sometime before 1783. There are at least ten similar pieces from Ireland. We know that some of them come from the lower Shannon area. We do not know what they were used for, but they were probably ceremonial collars. On the inner side of the collar, under each of the circular terminals, is a hole. The collar probably rested on the chest and was held in place by a chain running between the two holes and passing round the back of the neck.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
the-shannongrove-gorget-collar-unknown
sys_updated
2014-08-14T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
The Shannongrove Gorget
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-700
year_start
-800