THE GUNDESTRUP GHOSTS – Hidden Images in the Gundestrup Cauldron
Discovered in a peat bog near the village of Gundestrup in Denmark in 1891, the Gundestrup Cauldron is the largest and finest example of Iron Age European silverwork (diameter: 69 cm (27 in); height: 42 cm (17 in.). Despite being discovered inDenmark, the workmanship and iconography on the cauldron indicate that it originated on the Balkans, either among the Thraco-Celtic (Scordisci) or possibly Celto-Scythian (Bastarnae) tribes, although the exact date and location of production is still uncertain.
The Gundestrup Cauldron
Antlered deity on Plate A of the Gundestrup cauldron, identified with the Celtic God Cernunnos, holding a ram-horned serpent and torc.
Celtic carnyx players depicted on Plate E of the Cauldron
X-radiograph of inner plate C 6575 showing details of traces from working tools.
The ‘Gundestrup Ghosts’
While extensive academic attention has been paid to the cauldron’s iconography and origin over the past century…
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