The story of a warrior and animals depicted in a small but gorgeous ancient fibula increases the pulse of researchers and others who are passionate about Celtic history. Of the dozens of precious golden artifacts made by artists whose names were lost through time, one became a highlight of the impressive and fascinating treasures bought by the British Museum in the 21st century.
The fibula (brooch) was made during the 3rd century BC, probably by a talented Greek artist who was hired by an Iberian client. The story of this remarkable treasure started in the workshop of a craftsman, who, with his skillful fingers and tiny tools, shaped a piece of gold into a gorgeous form. The artifact was used as a fibula on a coat or a similar piece of clothing. It is unknown who first owned this luxurious brooch, but the owner was wealthy and perhaps important in his/her society.
The Beauty of Art and Problematic Symbolism
The brooch is full of symbolic aspects. The decoration on the fibula shows a naked warrior whose only ''clothing'' is a typical Celtic helmet and impressive Celtic shield. He also has a sword, and he protects himself from the dog jumping on him. Is it a fight scene? It seems to be a representation of human power, and the dog has a symbolic meaning. Moreover, there is also a depiction of a wild boar. The animals look a bit like sophisticated dragons from an ancient tale.
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