Celtic (Iron Age) Decorative Mounts For Sale

The distinctive decoration of the British Iron Age consists of trumpet- and comma-shaped motifs executed in iron or copper-alloy with champ levé enamelled detailing. Items ornamented in this manner required considerable skill, time and resources in their manufacture and they must be interpreted as belonging to aristocratic British nobles who could afford to commission them. A recurrent theme is the division of a circle into three equal parts, or the use of three 'spokes' radiating from a central 'hub'. early Irish and Welsh literature places great stress on 'triads' - groups of three - and it may be that the Celtic peoples saw the number three as sacred.

In these pages you will find some interesting examples of British Iron Age decoration for sale.

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Celtic Iron Age 'La Tène' Openwork Mount 022734

Celtic Iron Age 'La Tène' Openwork Mount
Copper-alloy,12.80 grams, 23.87 mm. Circa 1st century BC-1st century AD. A cast copper-alloy mount comprising a D-shaped openwork base with two circular pegs supporting a smaller D-shaped plate with La Tène Style comma-shaped decorative flanges and a central circular recess. The mount is probably a belt or harness fitting, perhaps related to the terrets from Iron Age sites. Reference: cf. the openwork mounts and fittings with La Tène designs from Stanwick published in Smith, R.A. British Museum Guide to Early Iron Age Antiquities 1925, reprinted Ipswich, 1994 p.138-42. Very fine condition, slight strap wear to one side. Provenance: found Norfolk, England.
£225.00

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Celtic Iron Age 'La Tène' Openwork Mount 022734
Romano-British 'Shield Boss' Belt Slide/Mount 006907

Romano-British 'Shield Boss' Belt Slide/Mount
Copper alloy, 7.15 grams, 21.03 mm. 1st Century A.D. A circular disk with a bordered circumference of niello, with that is an inner circle composed of triangular niello, around diamond sections of silver inlay. Protruding from the centre is a long expanding knob/nipple. The reverse of the piece has a rectangular section, which the belt would have been fed through. Very fine condition.
£145.00

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Romano-British 'Shield Boss' Belt Slide/Mount 006907


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