Skip to comments.Does Celtic art have links with Asia?
Posted on 10/15/2015 11:26:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
An Oxford University-led... research team... will be looking at a group of artefacts in excavations and museum collections that are traditionally described as Celtic because of their use of spirals, circles, interlaced designs, or swirling representations of plants or animals.
One main line of enquiry is the relationship between the central European Celts and their nomadic Eurasian neighbours (often referred to as Scythians or Sarmatians), who inhabited the European end of a grassland (steppe) corridor that stretched east towards Central Asia and China...
Iron Age tombs frozen in the mountains of Siberia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan have yielded Roman glass, Chinese silk, and Central Asian textiles, alongside a wealth of local materials, whose elaborate designs, though clearly different, express themes which resonate with the swirling styles of Celtic Art. The researchers will examine what, if anything, might link these distant forms of artistic expression...
Celtic art in Europe is thought to have started around 500 BC, at around the same time as a new tradition of realism appeared in the artistic traditions of the Mediterranean world... Celtic art was in stark contrast to this Classical Art of Greece and Rome...
Celts art and identity now showing at the British Museum in London until 31 January 2016.
(Excerpt) Read more at pasthorizonspr.com ...
Wandsworth shield boss. River Thames at Wandsworth, London 300-200 BC. Bronze; D 33 cm. © The Trustees of the British Museum
More pics at the original.
Yes - I think there are several Edo Period woodblock prints hanging up in TD Bank North Garden.
The Book Of Kells will show even more similarities, with many examples of tapered scripts and curvelinear story boards.
I have known about this since the early 90s.
Somebody reviving the theory, just now?
That spot of metal at the 9:30 mark looks like a spot weld?
To me, it looks like a depressed ding, where the plating didn't erode because it was in a shielded depression...
(But, then, I'm merely a materials scientist -- and an archaeologist...)
Reminds one of those red-headed mummies found in China.
I have always thought there were Asian influences in Celtic art and decoration, but hey, it’s good that they got their funding.
Or, it could be a spot where an extra piece held in some kind of decoration.
Have mercy, that’s a throwback!
A relic stone with carvings resembling a human face is found by archeologists from the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology. The discovery was made at the Shimao site near Gaojiabao town in Shenmu County in Shaanxi Province on October 10, 2015. The relics belong to the largest city discovered in China that dates back 4,000 years. [Photo: provided by Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology]
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