The (Golden) Balls of Fury

18 Sep

How did these golden balls not catch your attention? I mean come on, look at them.

The National Museum of Ireland is currently in possession of nine golden bead-like balls. These golden balls are believed to have been a set of eleven in an extravagant gold necklace. Each of the beads were made in two separate parts, and later fused together. The balls also have punctures in them, which is why archaeologists suspect they are beads to be strung on a necklace cord.

These golden beads were originally found in 1834 at Tumna, Co. Roscommon. There were originally eleven beads, but they were later separated amongst collectors. These gold ornaments are part of the museum’s Later Bronze Age exhibit. The beads represent a time in Irish history in which there was an abundance of gold. Gold was usually found in river or streams, or along riverbanks.

The museum also contained other various gold jewelry such as gold or bronze sundiscs, and golden collars called lunulae. Although the jewelry is beautiful, the nine golden beads attracted me from the start.

-Sydney Wilson


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