Artist Irish
  • Lunula
Date between 1800 and 1600 BCE
Medium Gold
Dimensions Overall: 1 5/16 × 7 3/8 inches, 2.2 ounces (3.4 × 18.8 cm, 63.4 g)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 53.273
Department Greco-Roman and Ancient European
Not On View
possibly found 1842, (County Donegal, near Ardara, Ireland);
sold 1884, collection of Lord Londesborough;
sold 1936, (Goldschmidt Galleries, London, England);
collection of William Randolph Hearst;
July 11-12, 1939, sale of the William Randolph Hearst Collection by (Sotheby & Co., London, England), lot 366, pl. XI [bought in];
1941, sale of the William Randolph Hearst Collection, (possibly Gimbels Department Store, New York, USA);
1953, (Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, New York, USA);
1953-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Society of Antiquaries of London, Archaeologia, or Miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity, vol. 30 (1842(3?)-44): pl. 12.

Crocker, T. C. Catalogue of the Collection of Rings etc. for Lady Londesborough. London, 1853, p. 51, no. 126.

Fairholt, F. W. and T. Wright. Miscellanea Graphica: Representations of Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Remains in the Possession of Lord Londesborough. London, 1857, pl. 17.

Chaffers, W. Catalog of the Londesborough Collection of Arms and Armour. Dublin Exhibition of 1872, no. 1219.

Catalogue of the Important Collection of Antiquities, the Property of William Randolph Hearst. Sales cat., Sotheby & Co. London, July 11-12, 1939, lot 366, pl. XI.

Robinson, F. W. "Eight Examples of Prehistoric Irish Gold," Bulletin of the DIA 33, nos. 3-4 (1953-54): p. 64-5, (ill.) p. 65.

Taylor, J. "Lunulae Reconsidered," in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, vol. 36 (1970): pp. 38-81.

Motz, T. A. "A Catalogue of Irish Prehistoric Gold Jewelry in the Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts," unpublished master's thesis, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1978, no. 2, p. 17-23, pl. IV-VI.

Motz, T. A. "Irish Gold in Detroit," Bulletin of the DIA 57, no. 2 (1979): pp. 84, 85, (fig. 1E) [article pp. 83-88, group photo p. 82].