Celtic Silver Cuff Armlet


A Celtic silver cuff armlet made from two silver bands forged together. The end terminals are decorated with incisions and circular indentations in the form of a zoomorphic creature’s head, perhaps a snake. Some patination visible on the inside of the cuff.

Date: Circa 800-100 BC
Condition: Very fine condition.


SKU: SA-36 Categories: , Tags: ,

The Celtic torc, or torque, was a rigid ring of metal made with a small opening for easy placement. They were worn around the neck, wrists and arms of both men and women. As a status symbol, the torc was used to identify the wearer. Another function the torc held was the power to ward evil and provide courage in times of strife. Cuff-style armlets appear in the Iron and Early Bronze Age.

Celtic snakes symbolize rebirth, fertility and transformation; the snake was multifaceted. Representing rebirth, the snake sheds its skin leaving behind its old appearance for a new beginning. In relation to fertility snakes produce a sizable number of offspring and needless to say their body shape is similar to the male reproductive organ. Snakes were also believed to be keepers of hidden knowledge. Silver was associated with the moon and commonly used for armlets.

Weight 10 g
Dimensions L 5.4 x W 4.8 cm



Time Period

Reference: For Similar: The British Museum, London, item 1932,0706.6

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