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Celtic Torques (Torcs) URLS

Poster: Brian Matthews <wilthain-nospam@handy-man.com>

Thought this may be of interest  to the group(s)
Torcs or Torques, that is twisted strands of metal worn round the neck which
served in some parts of the Celtic world as the equivalent of the coronets
of the Middle Ages.
 I liked  http://www.compulink.co.uk/~archaeology/hilites/snet.htm  myself

> Date:    Sun, 16 Nov 1997 00:02:25 -0500
> From:    Lowell & Nancy McFarland <mcfarlan@MAIL1.NAI.NET>
> Subject: Re: Celtic Torcs (Long Post)
>     Interest in Celtic (Celtiberian, Scythian, Angkor Wat, Iranian,
> etc.) Torcs is increasing.
>     Torcs are now being worn by various Celts and related WisePeople,
> Coven Leaders and Druids, as well as being a rite-of-passage gift for
> Celts who turn fifty, etc.
>     There are several items about Torcs that I have just become aware
> of or are worth repeating during this Samhain Season.
> 1.    There is a new and breath-taking exhibit of Torcs at the National
> Museum of Ireland, Dublin.
>     "National Museum of Ireland-Irish Gold & Treasury Exhibit
> The "Or" and Treasury Collections. This Victorian palace of marble,
> in itself a museum exhibit, is a remarkable treasure house of Irish
> antiquities. Chronicling Ireland's history from 6,000 B.C. to modern
> times, it includes so many priceless wonders of the world that many
> languish unseen in storage. But the Irish Gold and Treasury
> exhibitions, a new and permanent display of the Museum's
> unrivaled collection of Bronze Age gold jewelry and weapons
> from circa 2,000 B.C. to 500 B.C., are enormously popular.
> It includes twisted gold torcs of Tara, the gold collar of
> Gleninsheen and the golden bull of the Bog of Allen. Newer
> acquisitions like Mayo's Kilbride and Wexford's Ballinesker hoards,
> are on show. The main hall houses "Dublin at 1000," an exhibit of finds
> from the recently excavated Viking settlement at Wood Quay. Free
> admission; Treasury, 1 Irish pound (free Tuesday). Tue-Sat 10am-5pm;
> Fri 10:30am-5pm; Sun 2-5pm. Kildare Street. DART: Pearse Station.
> Bus: 7, 8, 10, 11, 13. Tel. 661 88 11.
>                        © Camelot International 1995"
> http://www.camelotintl.com/heritage/museirel.html
> "A Pagan's Guide to Dublin by SeŠn ” Tuathail
> Copyright © 1994 Cainteanna na Luise
> May be reposted as long as the above attribution and copyright
> notice are retained
>    1.National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street. One of the finest
> collections of prehistoric and early medieval (yet with pagan theme)
> artifacts in the world. The main hall, and "The Treasury" adjacent to
> it, contain great bronze war trumpets, brooches (including the "Tara"
> brooch, dating from early Christian times but fully pagan in design and
> arguably the "most beautiful peace of jewelry in the world"), shields,
> torcs, neck rings, amulets, bracelets, bowls, chalices, and other items.
> Hundreds of golden items bearing triskeles, knotwork, spirals. There
> are life-sized reproductions of carved stones and educational displays
> (in English agus as gaeilge) about how various different items were made
> and used.
>      There are also stone-age artifacts (including the Knowth "faced
> maze head"), on sale in the shop daggers (called letter-openers) and
> torcs reproduced in bronze or silver from those in the museum's
> collection.
> Cameras are not allowed, but the artifacts are splendidly rendered on
> post cards available in the museum shop. There is also a coffee-shop
> where you can buy bottled spring water from Co. Meath close to Tara.
>      Some days are free, on others there is a small charge. Only a small
> part of the museum's collections are on display in the room. It also has
> one of the finest collections of Maori art out side of New Zealand
> (with the explicit permission of the Maori themselves whose chiefs
> and shamans put on a dawn ritual outside the museum to bind the
> ties of affinity between the Maori and Irish peoples)."
> http://morrigan.alabanza.com/imbas/dublin.htm
>  2.   The National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh, Scotland, has
> some wonderful Bronze Age/Iron Age Celtic Torcs.
> http://www.nms.ac.uk/antiq.html
>  3.    A massive exhibit from the British Museum, London,
> which includes Bronze Age Torcs, is now on display in India.
>     A figure on a Mohenjo-Daro, Indus Valley, India, seal, ca. 2500 BC,
> is identical to the seated figure on the Gundestrup Cauldron, Denmark,
> ca. 100 BC, who is wearing a Torc and holding a Torc in his hand.
> http://www.webpage.com/hindu/daily/971012/09/0912007b.htm
>  4.   Recently, Iron Age skeletons were exhumed in Angkor Wat,
> Thailand, wearing bronze Torcs.
> http://www.otago.ac.nz/Anthropology/yResearchProjects/Angkor/-nul.html
> 5.    A Torc found near Kowel, Ukraine, has the (translated)
> inscription, "I am from the Holy Temple of Goths".
> 6.   There is also an interesting article about the Snettisham Torc and
> hoard at: http://www.compulink.co.uk/~archaeology/hilites/snet.htm
> 7.    If you are interested in owning your own Torc, there is a new
> source of silver Irish & Scottish made Torcs in Maryland, USA.
>     I have purchased two wonderful Torcs from JBL, the fascinating
> company with a unique & wide line of items at:
> http://jblstatue.com/pages/the_torc.html
>     There are other suppliers of Torcs online at:
> http://renstore.com/Kilts.shtml
> http://www.pacific.net/~ancient/opencircle/torcs.html
> http://www.wtrt.net/~lynnb/torc2.html
> http://www.philippecharriol.com/
> http://gstv.gsu.edu/~gstajt/stores.html
> http://www.newageinfo.com/prod/1618.htm
> http://www.primenet.com/~jwi/jewelry.html#torc_other
>     Bill Nelson (a MacFarlane), owner of the Celtic jewelry store
> and custom design firm of "Hi Ho Silver", in Ellicott City, Maryland,
> USA, has begun importing silver Torcs from Ireland & Scotland, in
> the US $200 - $400 range.
>     His advertisement, with four silver Torcs displayed, is in the
> latest issue of the American "The Highlander", ISBN  0161-5378,
> <hilander@gvi.net>.
>     Bill Nelson, had just returned from Ireland and alerted me to
> the National Museum of Ireland's display of Torcs.
>     Hi Ho Silver has no Web presence, but is located at
> 3732 Old Colombia Pike, Ellicott City, MD., 21043, USA
> Telephone USA 410 992 8900

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