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What is Celtic art?

Rich designs with hidden meanings, many of which remain mysterious to us now.

2,500 years ago, the peoples that the ancient Greeks knew as the Celts expressed their shared beliefs through similar abstract art styles which were used across northern Europe, from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. Objects decorated with sinuous organic forms and fantastic animals were used for feasting, religious ceremonies, adornment and warfare. These designs were rich with hidden meanings, many of which remain mysterious to us now. They were both stunning works of art and powerful ways to convey a shared identity. The development of this Celtic art style contrasted strongly with the increasing realism being used by the ancient Greeks around the same ti me. Circular bronze shield boss with a pair of stylised birds. Dredged from the River Thames near Wandsworth, London, 300–200 BC. Drawing by Craig Williams.

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