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1st Century BC - 1st Century AD
Size: 23cm high, 13cm wide, 11.5cm deep – 9 ins high, 5 ins wide, 4½ ins deep
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 19, item no. 35, for a Celtic Stone Female Figure
Ex Private English collection
The Celts were head-hunters as is evidenced by the skulls found in Celtic hill forts and these severed heads served as trophies testifying to the military prowess of their owner and at the same time, the powers believed to be inherent in the human head would act protectively and keep evil from the fortress or home whilst ensuring positive good fortune, luck and success. Fierce warriors and skilled craftsmen, the Celts were the archetypal barbarians from the north feared by both the ancient Greeks and Romans. Livy, the Roman historian (59BC-17AD) observed ‘The Consuls got no report of the disaster till some Gallic horsemen came in sight, with heads hanging at their horses’ breasts, or fixed on their lances, and singing their customary song of triumphs.’