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Cangas de Onís Diadem

  • Diadem from Cangas de Onís. National Archaeological Museum, Madrid © Santiago Relanzón. Fundación ITMA; Museo Arqueológico Nacional (N.I. 33139)

    Diadem from Cangas de Onís. National Archaeological Museum, Madrid © Santiago Relanzón. Fundación ITMA; Museo Arqueológico Nacional (N.I. 33139)

     
  

Category

Precious metalwork

Date

300 B.C. - 1 B.C.

Cultural background

Iron Age

Original title

Diadema de Cangas de Onís

This is a decorated band known as the “diadem-belt”, one of the most characteristic pieces of precious metalwork in the northern part of the peninsula.

This type of precious metalwork is characterized by the almost exclusive use of gold and the combination of traditional techniques, inherited from the Bronze Age, with decorative and new techniques such as soldering introduced by the Mediterranean colonizers.

This diadem-belt is decorated with a symmetrical bas-relief. Two wires are soldered to one of the short ends two forming an metal loop, with two hooks on the other, use for closing or fixing the belt.

Traditionally, it was called the “Cangas de Onís diadem”, as it was considered to be a diadem, although its length suggests that it was in fact used as a belt.
 

Details of the work

Object
Diadem

Dimensions
Length = 39.5 cm; Width = 7 cm; Thickness = 0.1 cm; Weight = 76 gr.

Technique
Hammered - Stamped

Material
Gold

  

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