Lot 883: Iron Age British Celtic Warrior Horseman Figurine
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1st century BC-1st century AD. A bronze figurine depicting a horseman on his mount wearing an elaborate helmet and grasping the reins, a long scaphoid shield with central boss attached to his back. 16 grams, 30mm (1 1/4"). Found East Anglia, UK; before 2000. The prestige and veneration accorded to the horse by the Celts mankfested itself in the images of a divine horseman, generally perceived as a warrior. Mounted war-gods are not generally part of the repertoire of Roman religious imagery, but certain divinities of Roman origin, in particular Mars and Jupiter, were endowed, in Celtic lands, with the imagery of a horseman. A number of Gaulish shrines have produced imagery associated with a mounted warrior deity, such as the shrine at Entremont in Southern France. In Britain the cult of the mounted war god is mostly restricted to Eastern England, particularly among the tribes of the Catuvellauni and the Corieltauvi. A temple complex at Brigstock in Northamptonshire was dedicated to a divine horseman with many small bronze figurines being dedicated at the shrine. A bronze image very similar to this piece was found at Westwood Bridge, Peterborough.
Condition Report: Fine condition, lower limbs absent. Rare.