La Tène Fibula

La Tène-style fibula (safety pin-like brooch).

Castlestrange Stone

The Castlestrange stone is located in the grounds of “Castlestrange House” near Athleague in County Roscommon. It is a granite boulder decorated with flowing spirals in the La Tène style, dating from the Iron Age period between 500 BC and AD 100.

Turoe Stone

The Turoe stone is a granite stone decorated in a Celtic style located in the village of Bullaun, County Galway, Ireland.

The top half of the stone is covered with a continuous abstract La Tène style design similar to that on the Castlestrange stone in County Roscommon. Concentric spirals are carved in low relief to the depth of about 3 cm.

It was for centuries a curiosity at a lios, or fairy fort, some 3 km from Bullaun, but was moved to the present location at Turoe Farm, in the late XIX Century. It was probably saved from vandalism or worse, but the historic provenance has been destroyed. Some historians have claimed that the stone was carved in France, brought to Ireland in Celtic times and ultimately, like some family heirloom, moved further west, far from the prying eyes of the invaders. The religious or ceremonial purposes of the stone are lost in time.

George Coffey, in his 1904 paper for the Royal Irish Academy on the subject of La Tène art, said that the stone had been moved in the 1850s from the rath of Feerwore site.

Gutenberg Boar

Bronze Boar, likely a votive offering, Gutenberg Deposit, 4 cm height; I to II Century BC; Liechtenstein Landesmuseum and Celtic Collections; (Photo Sven Bham).

Torc from Vix Grave

Torc from the Vix Grave in northern Burgundy, France; 480 BC.

Stone Head from Mšecké Žehrovice

Stone head from Mšecké Žehrovice, Czech Republic, wearing a torc, late La Tène culture.

Mirror, Mirror

The reverse side of the Desborough Mirror, a British bronze mirror 50 BC – AD 50, showing the spiral and trumpet decorative theme of the late “Insular” La Tène style.

The Desborough Mirror has a reflecting surface with green patination; the back of the mirror is highly decorated. The mirror is made from three pieces — a cast handle, the main mirror plate and a tubular binding strip around the edge. The pattern is very complex. It has a symetrical outline in the form of a lyre with flanking coils. The pattern may have been laid out using a pair of compasses. Parts of the decoration are engraved, using a graver, with a basket-weave pattern and hatched texturing to make the pattern stand out.

Celtic Harness Mount

Bronze and enamel harness mount (after Megaw and Megaw 1989: 222).