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The Rillaton cup Early Bronze Age

Gold alloy | 8.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 69742

This ancient work of art demonstrates the enduring qualities of gold. An extremely rare survival from this period, the cup is formed from a single ingot of gold, and must have been worked using tools of bone or stone. It was discovered in Rillaton, Cornwall, inside a ceramic vessel which helped preserve its form. It seems to have been decorated with small punched shapes although these are now mostly lost.