Celtic Artifacts

Posted by Sadigh Gallery on 6/4/2015 to Ancient Artifacts and Culture

The Celts were made up of Irish, Gauls, Anglo Saxons and Romans who lived alongside each other, traded, mingled and intermarried. In the process of many years, they melded together --their mythology and other beliefs and came to speak a common language, Celtic. The ancient peoples now called "Celts" spoke a group of languages that had a common origin in the Indo-European language known as Common Celtic or Proto-Celtic. They created many icons, symbols, architecture and artifacts which are valuable, treasured today and also available at Sadigh Gallery. Our Celtic collection features coins, Celtic ring money, crosses, bracelets, chains, bronze garment pins, and swords. Framed antiquities also available. Here is a historical overview of some famous and valued Celtic artifacts.

The statue of Tarasque de Noves stands as a fearsome tribute to the Celtic deities. It is often described as a lion or a wolf, but would appear to be an amalgamation of several animals: lizard, bear or lion, and human. The Battersea Shield is one of the more iconic images on this list. This is one of only two British entries. The Glauberg site near Hesse, Germany is an ancient Celtic Oppidum and contains a monumental burial mound dating to around 500 BC. The Roquepertuse Two-Headed-Deity statue is one of two entries from Roquepertuse, a Celtic religious center which is located near the ancient trading hub of Massalia. Romano-Celtic trade was heavily dependent on this Greek colony. Basse Yutz Flagons which are currently on display in the British museum are some of the finest examples of Celtic craftsmanship in existence; they implement several significant aspects of Celtic art such as zoomorphic characters and knot work. The Gundestrup Cauldron was unearthed in Denmark near the parish of Aars..

The Pillars of Roquepertuse display the darker side of Celtic culture. Cassius Dio and other Roman writers often portrayed the Celtic people as cruel and barbaric, and however biased the Romans might have been, it is hard to ignore some of the evidence presented. The Hochdorf Dagger is an exquisite piece of Celtic workmanship, the core was made from bronze and iron and it was plated with gold.

At Sadigh Gallery, we represent virtually every culture throughout recorded history, from Africa to Europe, Middle East to South America. For the serious collector of antiquities to the individual looking for a single piece to complete their home decor, every antiquity in our collection is accompanied by a Lifetime Certificate of Authenticity and additional documentation and information regarding the individual artifact and its culture.