This is a rare Bronze Age gold 'lock-ring', dating to circa 1600 - 1400 B.C. This item would have acted as 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). Similar 'lock-rings' can be seen in the British Museum (here and here). This example is smaller than some of the larger ones I have sold, so likely formed the outer links in a graduated chain.

OBJECT: Lock-Ring

CULTURE: Bronze Age

DATE: c. 1600 - 1400 B.C.

MATERIAL: Gold

SIZE: 14.87mm x 11.55mm x 4.57mm

WEIGHT: 1.91 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection.

Price: £950

Item code: (#AU00XVANT1167)

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