Swiss National Museum
4th century BC
H/L: 16.3cm, W: 13.5cm, Diameter: 17.3cm, Weight :128.7g
The Erstfeld (UR) treasure is discovered by chance in a rock crevice in August 1962. The extraordinary assemblage is one of the most prominent masterpieces of Celtic goldsmithing. It consists of four torques and three arm rings made of high-carat gold (up to 95%) weighing 640 g in total. The rings are decorated with figural friezes, plant motifs and mythical creatures. One of the motifs shows the «Lord/Lady of the wild animals»: this deity is widely known, both in the Celtic tradition and in the mythology of the Mediterranean region.The gold rings are made in the 4th century BC in a workshop on the Swiss Plateau or in southern Germany. The gold treasure is quite probably a votive offering to a deity to ask for a safe crossing of the Alps.
Stylistic and typological analysis
Found in Erstfeld, Switzerland
"Erstfeld treasure" in MWNF GALLERIES , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;GALLERIES;sw;Mus01;2;en&id=archaeological_objects
MWNF Working Number: CH_GAL_002