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Bronze model of a human head
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THIS IS one of three small bronze models of men’sfaces that decorated a wooden bucket (probably to contain alcoholic drink) found in a Late Iron Age cremation burial. The grave probably belonged to someone of great importance and wealth,perhaps even a king or queen. It also contained two bronze jugs, a bronze pan, twoRoman silver cups, five Roman wine amphorae and many pots.

The head, a rare picture of a prehistoric Briton, shows a mature man with his hair combed back, and clean-shaven except for a well-groomed moustache. Such images are very unusual as during this period people were almost never depicted in sculpture or in decoration on objects. The Iron Age La Tene artistic style was usually abstract and rarely used images of people, animals or plants. Towards the very end of the Iron Age, men were sometimes depicted on coins or, as here, as decoration on wooden buckets.

Bronze model of a human head


From Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England,
Iron Age, c. 50-20 вс
L. 4 cm
Gift of Mrs A.G. Neall



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