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Gold: Power and Allure Gallery

GOLD: Power and Allure, on display from June 1 to July 28, 2012, is the most comprehensive and ambitious exhibition ever staged at Goldsmiths’ Hall.

It powerfully tells the rich and previously untold story of Britain and its relationship with gold, demonstrating the country’s unique golden heritage. Here you can view just a few of the 400 or so gold items that will be on display…

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PreviousNext The Irish Lunula, c.2000-1500 BC. Shaped like a crescent moon and worn around the neck. © The Drapers’ Company. Another exciting example of early gold work featured in the exhibition is a magnificent lunula dating from 2,000-1,500 BC, which was found in Northern Ireland on land then owned by the Worshipful Company of Drapers in c.1845/6. These distinctive early Bronze Age crescent–moon shaped pieces were hammered out of gold and thought to have been made to adorn the necks of tribal chieftans. Less than 200 gold lunulae are known and it is possible they were all the work of a handful of experts. Three of them from different sources are on display at Goldsmiths’ Hall. Without any supporting contemporary documentation these enigmatic objects continue to fascinate and puzzle. 2 of 10


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