Celtic Iron Age Silver Bird Appliques

A selection of Celtic Iron-Age silver appliques in the form of a stylised bird. They both feature domed heads with cylindrical beaks attached. Their thin necks lead to a round spherical body which is scored three times. They have a fanned tail which is connected to the body by two narrow ribs. The tail has a fabulous linear pattern and it was thought that these lines etched onto the bodies of the birds was thought to show that these ducks were in water. The ducks have flat bases with small metal nubs from where they were attached. Please be aware that these items are priced individually.

Date: 1st century BC - 1st century AD
Provenance: Acquired in the 1990s. Ex Cambridgeshire, UK, collection.
Condition: Excellent. Well polished.
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Birds were potent symbols in Celtic mythology. Archaeologically however, only a limited number were represented, including ducks, doves, ravens and crows. As an animal that ventured between water and sky, they were creatures associated with solar imagery and thus with life-giving powers and regeneration. For birds that migrate, this pattern of leaving, only confirmed the Celtic belief that the soul was reborn. Celtic folklore suggests that it was believed that the soul passed from one body to another, from animal to bird.

Weight 5.5 g
Dimensions L 2 cm
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