Celtic Art in Europe: Making Connections [Hardback]

Christopher Gosden (Editor); Sally Crawford (Editor); Katharina Ulmschneider (Editor)

ISBN: 9781782976554 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2014 | Language: English 400p, H280 x W216 (mm) b/w illustrations, 32pp colour illustrations

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Celtic Art in Europe


The ancient Celtic world evokes debate, discussion, romanticism and mythicism. On the one hand it represents a specialist area of archaeological interest, on the other, it has a wide general appeal. The Celtic world is accessible through archaeology, history, linguistics and art history. Of these disciplines, art history offers the most direct message to a wider audience. This volume of 37 papers brings together a truly international group of pre-eminent specialists in the field of Celtic art and Celtic studies. It is a benchmark volume the like of which has not been seen since the publication of Paul Jacobsthal’s Early Celtic Art in 1944. The papers chart the history of attempts to understand Celtic art and argue for novel approaches in discussions spanning the whole of Continental Europe and the British Isles. This new body of international scholarship will give the reader a sense of the richness of the material and current debates. Artefacts of rich form and decoration, which we might call art, provide a most sensitive set of indicators of key areas of past societies, their power, politics and transformations. With its broad geographical scope, this volume offers a timely opportunity to re-assess contacts, context, transmission and meaning in Celtic art for understanding the development of European cultures, identities and economies in pre- and proto-history.

Essays in honour of Vincent Megaw on his 80th birthday.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Celtic Art in Europe: making connections. Chris Gosden, Sally Crawford and Katharina Ulmschneider.

2. Once again, Herodotus, the Κελτοί, the source of the Danube, and the Pillars of Hercules. John T. Koch.

3. The Sheffield origins of Celtic Art. John Collis.

4. Theorie der keltischen Kunst. Ein Versuch. Felix Müller.

5. Les codes de représentation visuelle dans l’art celtique ancien. Laurent Olivier.

6. Hidden faces and animal images on Late Iron Age and Early Roman horse harness decorated using the champlevé technique. Jennifer Foster

7. The human masks of unknown provenience. Mitja Guštin.

8. Heads, masks and shifting identities: a note about some Danubian kantharoi with anthropomorphic decoration. Mariana Egri.

9. Off with their heads…! once again: images of daggers and severed heads on an Iberian falcata sword. Fernando Quesada Sanz.

10. A Celtic severed head, or Lazarus in the arms of Abraham? Natalie Venclová and Jan Royt.

11. Zur Attachenzier der Schnabelkannen von Basse-Yutz. Otto-Herman Frey.

12. The not so ugly duckling – an essay on meaning. Flemming Kaul.

13. Fragments of a carnyx from Leisach (Austria). Paul Gleirscher.

14. Between ruling ideology and ancestor worship: the mos maiorum of the Early Celtic ‘Hero Graves’. Thomas Stöllner.

15. Alfred and Alexander. John Boardman.

16. La fibule de Moscano di Fabriano: un jalon important de l’évolution de l’art celtique au IVe siècle avant J.-C. Luana et Venceslas Kruta.

17. Zum Wenden: der Halsring aus Gehweiler-Oberlöstern im Saarland. Rudolf Echt.

18. Late Hallstatt and Early La Tène gold and silver beads in southeast Pannonia. Hrvoje Potrebica and Marco Dizdar.

19. East meets West... The stamped pottery from the La Tène cemetery at Fântânele-Dealul Popii (Transylvania, Romania). Aurel Rustoiu.

20. A vessel with stamped decoration from the Želiezovce collection. Gertrúda Březinová.

21. Balkan Kantharoi. Petar Popović.

22. La Tène and Przeworsk strap shield bosses from Poland. Tomasz Bochnak.

23. De l’anneau en bronze à têtes de béliers de Chermignac (Charente-Maritime) et de quelques pièces de harnais de La Tène finale de Gaule de l’Ouest. José Gomez de Soto.

24. A mould for Celtic-type rings from Sanzeno in the Valle di Non, Trentino. Franco Marzatico.

25. ‘Leopold Bloom I’ and the Hungarian Sword Style. Paul Jacobsthal, with introduction by Katharina Ulmschneider and Sally Crawford.

26. The Celtic mercenary reconsidered. Jan Bouzek.

27. The Dragon from Oberleiserberg. Maciej Karwowski.

28. A l'aube du IIIe s. av. J.-C.: les fourreaux d'épée à décor estampe sur fer. Thierry Lejars.

29. ‘…to boldly go where no man has gone before.’ Dedicated to Ruth and Vincent… Boris Kavur and Martina Blečić Kavur.

30. Art and Craftsmanship in elite-warrior graves: from Boii to Parisii and back again… Nathalie C. Ginoux and Peter C. Ramsl.

31. Ascot hats: an Iron Age leaf crown helmet from Lincolnshire. Andrew Fitzpatrick and Martin Schönfelder.

32. Snettisham swansong. I. M. Stead.

33. The Iron Age open-air ritual site at Hallaton, Leicestershire: some wider implications. Colin Haselgrove and Vicki Score.

34. Brit-art: Celtic Art in Roman Britain and on its Frontiers. Jody Joy.

35. Art in context: the massive metalworking tradition of north-east Scotland. Fraser Hunter.

36. The Torrs Chamfrein or Head-piece: restoring ‘A very curious relic of antiquity’. C. Stephen Briggs.

37. Vincent, in appreciation. Mansel Spratling.

Reviews & Quotes

"With the huge amount of bibliographical references put together here, this book will prove very useful for all future research on Celtic art."
Virginie Defente
Germania (25/10/2018)

"“The arrangement is thoughtful and thematic, not alphabetic… Large format, generously illustrated (including plentiful colour plates).” "
Gocha R Tsetskhladze
Ancient West & East (11/01/2019)

"In summary, this important collection represents a well-deserved tribute to Vincent’s life-long work, and is mandatory reading for all scholars and students interested in the European Iron Age in general, and Celtic art in particular."
Manuel Fernández-Götz
Antiquity (28/10/2016)

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