Iron Age Celtic bronze head mount

Iron Age Celtic bronze head mount

Code: 11499

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A copper-alloy mount dating to the Late Iron Age. The mount is oval in plan and concave. It is decorated with incised features of a face, including eyes, a nose, and a mouth. The back is plain so may have been attached to a leather scabbard or mounted in a wooden plinth symbolic of the Celtic "Head Cult". Such objects were often used as votive offerings to the gods and placed in watery places, wells, and sacred springs.

OBJECT: Mount

CULTURE: Iron Age, Celtic

DATE: c. 3rd  - 1st century B.C.

MATERIAL: Bronze

SIZE: 22mm x 16mm x 10mm

WEIGHT: 12.64 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection