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1st Century BC - 1st Century AD
Size: 23cm high, 22.5cm wide, 19cm deep – 9 ins high, 8¾ ins wide, 7½ ins deep
31cm high – 12¼ ins high (including stand)
English Private collection
On loan to the Wiltshire local history museum Devizes where it was authenticated by Dr Anne Ross in 1970’s, author of ‘Pagan Celtic Britain’
Sold at auction 2013
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 5, item no. 4, for another Celtic figure
The Celts were the direct inheritors of Bronze Age Europe with its Palaeolithic background, but their art was not primitive, only different and enigmatic. The Celts had a special, essentially abstract approach to their art, which was very different to that of Greece and Rome who regarded them as barbarians. Although they are now regarded as the most important cultural group in Western and Central Europe, less than 50 years ago early Celtic art was described as ‘dark and uncanny – far from the lovable humanity and transparency of Greek Art’ (Paul Jacobsthal; Early Celtic Art London 1970).