Celtic Bronze Torque

 

Celtic Bronze Torque

An ancient Celtic large bronze torque of twisted spiraling bronze.

Central Europe.
Ca. 900- 300 BC.
Width: 7 in. (18 cm).
Intact.

The torque was a large rigid metal neck ring worn by Celtic men. It was a prestige item and a form of portable wealth. Typically the torque was spiraled and open at the front. Of the few Celtic statues that survive most depict the torque around the subject's neck. The torque was worn by members of the Celtic aristocracy and continued to be worn by Celtic warriors well into the Roman Period.

cf.: W. Menghin "Hallstattzeit," (Berlin 1999) pl. 63, 73.

Formerly in the Buchman collection, Pennsylvania; Acquired by J. Buchman at Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, December 4, 1979, lot 5.

Inv#: 6191

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