A solid European Bronze Age hair ring, moulded from a single rod of gold. Its tubular body has been shaped into a tight spiral, with both ends tapering into a dull point. Gold rings of this type, known as lock-rings, have been recovered across Bronze Age Europe, with Ireland being a centre of production in the British Isles. They would have probably been used in antiquity as hair ornaments, earrings or as part of bracelets or bangles.
Date: European Bronze Age, 1500-600 BC