Medieval jewelry, Celtic jewelry, Torque

Medieval-Celtic jewelry, torque, spiral ring

As Wendelring or Torques, also Torque and Torc, v. a. In word compositions in archeology an open choker is referred to, whose appearance often resembles a twisted knit and the end pieces often specially shaped, as a buffer (also called stamp ends), animal head or ball can be formed. Torques are only an open neck ring, but not a closed twisted bangle.Torques are since the Bronze Age in the Middle and Middle East and spread throughout much of Europe. Torques have been widespread and well-documented in the Middle East since at least the Middle Bronze Age. They were part of the regular costume among the Scythians, the Medes and Persians and related peoples such as the Parthians. End of the 2nd millennium BC In the 4th century BC, in the southern United Kingdom and Ireland, band torches were introduced in the form of imported bronzes. Band Torques are rings twisted from a thinner gold strip. In addition to ribbons and round rods were twisted. A total of 120 band torques have been found so far, especially in Northern Ireland. In the Iberian Peninsula are from the beginning to the end of the 1st Millennium BC. Torques in the Castro culture. The Torc seems to have been a symbol of the Celts, but deities also carry torques, and the silver ring of Trichtingen is too heavy for a human being. In addition to written sources, the statue of the Dying Gaul also shows the use of the Torc at the Celts.
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