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Ringlemere gold cup
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This crushed object is a rare gold cup that was made over 3500 years ago. The gold cup was found at Ringlemere in East Kent in 2001 and has been damaged by modern farming equipment. Subsequent excavation at the findspot has revealed a Bronze Age cemetery nearby. It could be that this cup was last used during a funerary ritual.

Only five similar gold cups are known from mainland Europe, distributed between Brittany, northwest Germany and northern Switzerland. These early gold vessels, dating to about 1700-1500 вс, had rounded bases and all but one have a single handle riveted neatly to their‘S’-profiled bodies.

The Ringlemere cup is testimony to the skills of gold-workers in the later part of the Early Bronze Age. Beautifully crafted from sheet metal, the body is horizontally corrugated, a feature most closely paralleled on the Rillaton gold cup, found on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, in the early nineteenth century.

Ringlemere gold cup

From Ringlemere, Kent, England, c. 1700-1500 вс
Ht 14 cm
Wt 184g
Acquired under the Treasure Act
Purchased with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the British Museum Friends

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