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Celtic shield by lostknightkg Celtic shield by lostknightkg
Iron Age, 350-50 BC
Found in the River Thames at Battersea Bridge, London, England, the celts weren't limited to Wales or Scotland.

The Battersea shield Used for ceremonial purposes, made of bronze and red glass with typical celtic circles similar to "la tene" style.

The Battersea shield was not made for serious warfare. It is too short to provide sensible protection. The thin metal sheet and the complicated decoration would be easily destroyed if the shield was hit by a sword or spear. Instead, it was probably made for flamboyant display. The highly polished bronze and glinting red glass would have made for a great spectacle. It was finally thrown or placed in the River Thames, where many weapons were offered as sacrifices in the Bronze Age and Iron Age.

British museum www.britishmuseum.org/explore/…

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:iconquechuaaymara:
QuechuaAymara Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent one, I love Celtic works and armor
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
Yes they were great artist :)
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HeinztheBlueGiant Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Truly incredible, that shield of the celts.
The celts are even more interesting and amazing than the romans for me.
Really good!!!
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Agreed they were great artisans too.
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:iconheinzthebluegiant:
HeinztheBlueGiant Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem.
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IceDragon64 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
I totally back JARM13.  I am not a professional, but I have been researching the Bronze Age for years and our understanding of these things is changing faster than museum text.   I had not thought of the idea of a shield being "used" if it was on the battle field with someone not fighting.  Interesting.
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Obviously who ever did your write up has never used any shields or for that matter studied shields that were used in battle . Because far smaller shields are/were used .Bucklers for example or even a knights heater shield would be smaller . A 30" shield " 77cm " is not a small shield . What you are showing is only the decorative facing from a wood shield .The celt/kelt using this shield would have been fighting from a chariot and this is probably as big a shield as he would have needed or wanted . As for decoration getting messed up , that's the point not worrying about it getting hurt . Going out on the battle field you want your followers to see you and a pretty shield tells others that you aren't afrid of them cause you and your people are going to kick thier butts before they can scratch your shield .That shield sends lots of important messages on the battle field and it's plenty big enough . Just some food for thought .
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
It's an article that was copied and pasted straight from the British Museum website before they stopped providing info some months ago. I'm pretty sure they knew what they were talking about and yes the image is a square crop I didn't upload the full image, thanks for sharing anyway!
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes , I already knew that . But unlike someone who walks from thier climate controlled home to thier climate controlled auto to thier climate controlled office I have actually experimented with many types of shields against people who were trying to hit me . It seems to be a common problem that people who's only experience with object is wearing acid free gloves "if they are lucky " is that they never recreate it and see how it was used . That's a problem with only being able see something and talk about rather then using it . I have a replica of a Sutton Hoo Lyre that I made , the historians were " sure " it was a harp before someone decided to put a repilca together . Probably a gradstudent who didn't assume they knew everything . They are thinking about the shield like it's an expensive car that you wouldn't want to scratch the paint on when it's actually a expensive armoured tank that if the paint gets messed up it can be fixed later . Surprisily this could well have been in many battles , but if the important person was never engaged , after all he would have had a guards . While it probably was an important sacrafice the owner might been part of it too . It was just as likely a shield that worked in battle .
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mgenccinar Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
good description and presentation, i like it.
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Thank you :)
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MeredithValentine Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Augh ! I visited this museum when I went to London but I was young and got bored so I didn't pay attention... I'm so angry at myself for missing such beautiful things !

Anyway... Gorgeous picture, great example of the beauty of these ancient ages...
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
:lol: happens to me too :phew: glad you like it.
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SephraWolfe Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
Beautiful!
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
:)
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:icongegart:
Gegart Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
Wow!
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
:D
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:icongegart:
Gegart Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
I realy love it)) Wanna see something more
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
come to the british museum in london, or visit Scotland, Wales and Ireland, theres lots of beautiful celtic art you can buy there :)
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Gegart Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
I can't explain how much I wanna visit all Ireland and UK )) sometime I will do that)
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Yes, we just across the chanel from Belgium, all the best :)
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Gegart Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
I'm so busy now)
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yabbles Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional Photographer
i hope you dont mind - i've selected this deviation as part of a ROUND feature in my journal this week [link]
:clap:
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
:thanks: :D
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roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
great!!!
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
:thanks: :D
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jadedlady Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
:clap: Great one!

I like that you put some information about it... it makes the photo that much more interesting :)
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Thanks :D
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Eowyn831 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the history. Nice shot. :camera:
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
Thanks :D :D
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TSABER Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This thing is extremely great. Especially you show it much better in this picture. we can really see its value.

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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Thank my friend, glad you like it.
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Sighild Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I do not know why but it seems to me I have already seen this shield before
perhaps because of Faith and the Muse albums... great! :)
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
Which one of thier albums, thanks :)
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FlashHedgehog11 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Student General Artist
oh wow...the design reminds me of one of my celtic necklaces...my necklace stands for "spiritual awakening" by the way :)
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Thanks, its got the "la tene" style originally from the celtic european folks:)
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Aisling64 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008   Photographer
Ah, this just sets the gears of my imagination going at full speed...:gallery:
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
:D Thanks for the fav.
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:iconaisling64:
Aisling64 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008   Photographer
no prob...thanks for sharing ur work.
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The-Shadow298 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Student Writer
cool design.

need something like that as reference for the comic I'm writing.
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
Cheers, awesome what is the comic about ?
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The-Shadow298 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Student Writer
it's the one that I did the poll about what design to go for.

set in a fantasy world with a lot of celtic influences about a woman gettign revenger on the slavers who kidnapped her and destroyed her villiage.
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
I remember that one :thumbsup:
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:iconthe-shadow298:
The-Shadow298 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Student Writer
cool.

hoping to have the script written soon.
just need to stop beign so lazy about it.
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
easier said than done :nod:
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:iconthe-shadow298:
The-Shadow298 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Student Writer
yeah.

especially replying to all these replies and comments.
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lunarstorm Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
:wow:
impressive
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:iconlostknightkg:
lostknightkg Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
Thanks :D
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Makyui Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Zomigawd. I see a Battersea Shield boss!

Isn't La Tene artwork remarkable? The Celts had incredible metalworking skill, and their sense of flow and balance was absolutely delightful, even when their designs were asymmetrical. Matter of fact, I'm working on a colored pencil rendition of the Witham Shield at this very moment. It's my favorite era when it comes to ancient art.

Kudos for bringing such an exquisite piece of history to DA, and in such a great photo.
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Yes it is , many thanks, i saw the Witham shield its was beautiful, i'll drop by your page to have a look at your drawing :thumbsup:
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