Middle Bronze Age Gold Horned Lock Ring Money Pendant
This is a rare and visually striking Bronze Age gold pendant, dating to circa 1600 - 1400 B.C. This solid gold pendant is formed from a 'lock ring' (Lockenring), a single link in a regal chain or royal collar. These 'lock rings' were used as a form of currency for trade (a precursor to Celtic Ring-Money), attached together to form what we would now term as a 'money' chain. Similar 'lock-rings' can be seen in the British Museum. This example has been purposefully twisted open, forming a horned shaped pendant or amulet. One can easily imagine this striking amulet hanging from a cord around the neck of a Warrior or Druid. It is an unusual and very rare object, 'Lock' rings are rare but this one is unique!
OBJECT: Lock-Ring Pendant
CULTURE: Bronze Age
DATE: c. 1600 - 1400 B.C.
MATERIAL: Gold around 23k pure
SIZE: 39.04mm x 19.78mm x 4.32mm
WEIGHT: 6.92 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private European Collection, Dublin Ireland.