MONUMENTAL WENDELRING-TYPE TORQUE

Urnfield culture (11th/10th century B.C.)

Monumental, solid turned torc made of bronze. This type differs from the eyelet necklace which was common in the late Bronze Age by ist massiveness and significant, edged windings, which reverse in the centre and change their direction. This exemplar which is considered to be the largest example known to date from this special group, is manufactured with technical perfection from a bar with sharp edges with rectangular cross-section. Both ends are flattened and carefully rolled to lugs.

Being a possible prototype for the torcs used in the Hallstatt period, such over-dimensioned necklaces only appear in the late Urnfield period. Due to the over-dimensional size, some experts are not quite satisfied with the term “necklace”. If they were actually used for this purpose, these are considered as a symbolic or decorative type of ornaments which were used only for special occasions by the elites of society on the outermost vestment. This exemplar corresponds to the necklace in the Bratislava National Museum in Bratislava.

PRICE
sold

DIAMETER: 35 cm
THICKNESS: 1.2 cm

CONDITION
intact

ORIGIN
Private collection USA

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