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Torque

Torque

  • Place of origin:

    North Africa (produced)

  • Date:

    1850-1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    silver

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Edmond Dresden

  • Museum number:

    306-1904

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This neck ring was described as from North Africa when it was acquired by the museum in 1904. Plain torques made from a band of silver like this are not common in North Africa, and nor is the spiral decoration. It is possible that it was made elsewhere.

Physical description

Torque necklace made from a band of sheet silver. Each end has been converted to a strip of thick wire which is bent round to form a hook at one end, and a corresponding loop at the other, before finishing as a decorative applied spiral on each end of the band.

Place of Origin

North Africa (produced)

Date

1850-1899 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

silver

Dimensions

Diameter: 12.3 cm

Object history note

Accessions register entry: 'Neck-ring ("Towk") of pure silver. / Formed of a plain hammered strip tapered at each end to a wire which, coiled on itself, forms a loop or a hook. A coil of wire is applied to each end of the strip. / North African / Diam. 4 3/4 in., W. 3/8 in. to 9/16 in.'

Descriptive line

Silver flat band necklace with hook and loop clasp of thick wire ending in a spiral, unknown origin, 1850-1899.

Materials

Silver

Categories

Jewellery; Africa; Metalwork

Collection

Middle East Section

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