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Celtic Art

Celtic Art is commonly referred to as La Tene art. The foundation of La Tene art can be traced to the earlier Hallstatt culture. Below are different pieces that were recovered. This page has been broken down into three parts that I found to be the most interesting:

The Eternal Knot

Tattoos

Armor and Jewelry

 

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The Eternal Knot

 

The eternal knot is an unbroken path with no beginning and no end. It originated in the La Tene culture. After the La Tene period knot work was mainly used in Ireland. Creating the different patterns took months and dedicated craftsmanship.
The Eternal Knot was used in different manuscripts during the 7th to 9th centuries CE. Knots were used to cover entire pages. They were used in gospels, psalters and other religious pieces.
Christ from the Book of Kells
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From Renaissance Wales 1594, the Greek myth of Actaeon. Celtic art is obviously present in this image. From the Book of Kells, 800CE. Marks the words of St. Matthew's gospel. From the Lindisfarne Gospels at the end of the 7th century CE.
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St Patrick's Bell Cross of Cong. Created by Mael Isu U Echan, 1120CE. The cross contains detailed celtic knots throughout.

 

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Tattoos

Tattoos were a common practice amongst the Celtic people, they were used for many reasons including a show of status and to announce what tribe an individual was from.

 

Tattooing needles

Vesthimmerland's Museum, Denmark.

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Metal works including jewelry and armor.

Spiral designs were used in a variety of works from small gold objects to large stone relics.
Agris helmet, was found in a cave in France during the 1980's. The helmet is from the 4th century BC, it is made of iron with gold plating and coral inlay.
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Bronze belt clasp 5th-6th centuries BCE. The Slovenian Alps. Celtic Knots also present. Gundestrup Cauldron, Estimated 1st Century BCE. Shows the Celtic culture and is aprox 1000 years older then any written record.
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Silver torc that was found at Chao de Lamas in Spain. A bronze disk from 1st-2nd centuries CE. It was once part of a pendant. The Celts used triplication in many of their patterns. This item shows a three linked "s" pattern, also known as a triskele. A ceremonial shield from 1st century CE. British influenced La Tene style found at Battersea, London, England.

 

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Information and images provided on this web site are © from the provided links and books listed below, most images were taken from The Celts— Life, Myth and Art by Juliette Wood.

Links to other Celtic Sites:

Tattooed Mummies of the Bronze Age

Bronze Age Tattoo History

Tribal Tattoos

Celtic Planet

References:

The World of the Celts, Simon James

The Celts — Life, Myth and Art, Juliette Wood

 

Tyanna Burton, Ant 299,June 26, 2004