Early Celtic Art in Britain and Ireland
This widely praised introduction, now extensively revised and enlarged, examines the predominantly warrior and aristocratic art of the Iron Age inhabitants of Britain and Ireland from the fourth century BC until the Roman conquest. Since these communities, conventionally referred to as Celts, were peoples with an oral tradition, medieval Irish and Welsh texts embodying these traditions are a very uncertain guide to the life and culture of peoples of upwards of a millennium earlier. Celtic art is thus one of the rare, if obscured, windows into the minds and souls of the early Celts. This book looks at Celtic art made by communities who lived in Britain and Ireland a thousand years and more before the creation of the Book of Kells or the Ardagh Chalice, the art which is more popularly known as 'Celtic'. ABOUT THE AUTHORS The Megaws are internationally acknowledged as experts in the study of the art of the European Iron Age.
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arm-ring basketry Battersea shield boar Britain and Ireland British Museum Broighter bronze brooch Bronze harness mount Bronze mirror bronze mount bronze scabbard mount bronze shield bronze sword scabbard Bronze-covered wooden bucket burial Celtic art Celts continental County Antrim curved-sided triangles decorated Deskford detail of bronze diameter disc dragon-pair Dublin early Celtic art early La Tene enamelled bronze engraved first-century gold torc grave Hallstatt hatching heads height helmet hillfort Hoard horn horse bit incised insular art Irish Iron Age iron sword J. V. S. Megaw La Tene later length Llandysul Llyn Cerrig Bach London Melsonby metalwork Museum of Ireland Museum of Wales Museums of Scotland National Museum neck-ring ornament Photograph plate 23 plate 52 plate 60 pony cap pseudo birds Ratcliffe on Soar repousse River Thames Roman scabbard second century shield boss Snettisham stylised sword style Tal-y-llyn tendril torcs tore triskel trumpet curves Turoe Waldalgesheim Wandsworth Website width