Northern Greece / Danube River Valley, Thrace, Iron Age, ca. 7th century BCE. An elegant torc (also torq) made from a thick bronze wire with its surface incised to give it the appearance of twisted metal, terminating in symmetrical, bent loops. Torcs were beautiful signs of prestige and wealth from the European Iron Age through the Viking period, so-called from the Latin word "torques," meaning "to twist," because of their appearance. The wearing of a torc is perhaps most famously depicted in "The Dying Gaul" - also known as "The Dying Galatian" or "The Dying Gladiator" - a Roman marble copy of a Greek Hellenistic statue. Size: 6.1" W x 5.55" H (15.5 cm x 14.1 cm); 6.9" H (17.5 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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