The Gold Collar

18 Sep

As I was walking in the National Museum of Ireland, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of gold that was displayed throughout the middle of the museum. The Gold Collar was definitely the first artifact that caught my eye, looking at it closely, the collar had intricate carvings of , what it seemed to be, birds and flowers.  This item was dated back to 800-700 B.C and the fact that the collars were maintained in decent conditions surprised me!

The gold collar represents a major part of Irish history as they were made during the “Golden Age” where trading gold between jewelers and dealers was a routine. These were made especially for the Kings and Gods illustrating the importance of gold in Irish history.

This was similar to the bronze artifacts displayed in the museum from “The Bronze Age”. They could be easily compared with each other as they were made during the same time period. I personally think that “The Bronze Age” would have been the peak of income in Ireland as it was highly demanded from the Celtic kings. However, the source where the gold came from is still a mystery as there is no evidence of whether it was imported or found in Ireland.
People attended art school where they developed skills in ornamental and sculpture work. These collars were handmade from gold sheets, as art was becoming a popular job during the Golden Age.

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I think that the gold Ireland sets a base of wealth as many countries lacked the prestige of having any sort of artifact during the 700 B.C. Even though gold has become available everywhere today, it is still valuable to the world.

 

Leila Assadi

http://www.museum.ie/en/exhibition/list/high-crosses.aspx?article=db6dceff-92ef-4180-8c5b-9039524446db

http://www.museum.ie/en/exhibition/list/ten-major-pieces.aspx?article=8257e88d-e1a3-4fd5-a21b-2bd58e10b52d

http://www.museum.ie/en/exhibition/irelands-gold-introduction.aspx

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