Ourense Torcs

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Ourense Torcs
Material Gold
Size 13.7cm diameter
Created c. 300-150 BC
Present location British Museum, London
Registration 1960,0503.1-2

The Ourense Torcs are a pair of Iron Age gold torc neck rings found near Ourense in Northwest Spain in the 1950s. They were acquired by the British Museum in 1960.[1]


The exact find spot of the two neck rings has never been confirmed but experts have determined, based on the shape and design of the torcs, that they originate from Ourense in the province of Galicia near the Spanish/Portuguese border.


The two gold torcs are nearly identical with double reel-shaped terminals and circular body. The terminals have a large tapered central depression, with embossed ornamentation around the edge. Their Celtic design is characteristic of the torcs produced in Galicia and northern Portugal, in the Iberian Peninsular.[2]

See also[edit]

Gallery of other Galician torcs[edit]


  • M. Lenerz-de Wilde, 'The Celts in Spain' in The Celtic World, London and New York, Routledge, 1995
  • I. Stead, Celtic Art, British Museum Press, 1996
  • Megaw Ruth and Vincent, Celtic Art: From Its Beginnings to the Book of Kells, 2001


  1. ^ British Museum Collection
  2. ^ Castro Pérez, Ladislao (1990). Os torques prehistóricos. Santiago de Compostela: Univ. de Santiago de Compostela. pp. 148–180. ISBN 8471916959. 
  3. ^ González-Ruibal, "catalogue", fig. 33