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Celtic Secrets in Enchanting Gold, What is the Story Behind the Braganza Brooch?

Monday, February 27, 2017 12:27
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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

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. – Reconstructing the story of humanity’s


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