Celtic ancient mask

Very important role in the cult stones Celtic played Celtic mask masks do not represent true images of gods and heroes are not always meant for a human face. They are more symbols that serve the objectives of the cult, highly stylized and often much less than the size of a human face. Mask Celtic hero of the Pyrenees region in France, found in 1870, vychekanena of sheet bronze and worn on a wooden post, as the neck finish. Its height – 17.2 cm behind it is open, the front carved with eye sockets that were originally filled with glass, enamel and precious stones. The hair is arranged in a spiral, mustache and beard are applied in the form of S-shaped curls; the shape of the nose and mouth with the other features allow us to attribute it to 3 or 2 century BC The height of the male masks Garanser-en-Beauce (Eure-et-Loir), found in 1864 in Chartres in the south-west of Paris, just 9.8 cm; it is made of bronze sheet back again opened, whiskers absent (Fig. 46); eye sockets as empty. In general, it retained the Celtic character, although her features more cutting; rather, it refers also to the later Celtic bronzes. From the Pyrenees over the Loire to the Seine and Marne masks principle it was generally similar. At the end of La Tene and early Roman periods also appear iron mask (mask Allanson, Eure et Loire department of the temple treasure, height 12 cm). The museums of the Czech Republic there are also fragments of the iron mask (near Kladno), but they are difficult to date. Celtic masks and heads, apparently, sometimes placed on the sides of the sacrificial table, according to the findings in San Margaret Lavantskoy valley, which, however, are already in the Roman period. Small bronze, as described above, were common in pozdnelatenskoe time and the beginning of the Roman period. This is a kind of sculpture, where figurative images appear in ritual nudity, but already in motion. An illustration may serve several bronze figures of Nevi-en-Sully (Dep. Loire) or from Saint-Laurent-des-Bois (Dep. Of the Loire and Cher, figurines of dancers, marching men, and others.). Another character are also the work of the Roman artists that give the sculptural images of the Gauls more vitality. Head of Prill (canton Vaud, Switzerland) is a type of Swiss Celt image. The artist performed it in bronze (copper eyes), and kept in it some features of Celtic art.

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