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Celtic Treasures

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Celtic Treasures

Three superb objects from three Celtic realms—riches from a German warlord’s burial tumulus; a richly embossed silver bowl from Denmark; and the ‘greatest book of the western world’ from Scottish

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Three superb objects from three Celtic realms—riches from a German warlord’s burial tumulus; a richly embossed silver bowl from Denmark; and the ‘greatest book of the western world’ from Scottish Iona—display in different ways the interplay of power, art and faith in pan-European culture.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Hochdorf Tomb: Dating from about 450 BC and discovered in 1978, the Hochdorf burial mound revealed a rich array of items of local, regional and international origins. Buried with their owner, a regional warlord, they portray (and puzzle) Celtic culture in Western Europe.
  • Gundesrup Cauldron: Dating from about 150 BC and discovered in a Jutland bog, this large silver bowl was offered to the gods originally by way of a lake-portal. Its design speaks of trade with faraway places, and its function displays humankind’s need to relate to otherwise inexplicable forces in nature.
  • Book of Kells: Secure at Trinity College Library, Dublin, since 1661, this illuminated copy of the gospels – almost certainly made on Scottish Iona around 795–805 AD – was also rescued from a bog, dumped there by late medieval thieves after stealing its richly-ornamented bindings.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. compare and contrast four cultural objects from different places and in different media for similarities of style and purpose
  2. explore beliefs and impulses in European religion and ethnicity over 1000 years

Three superb objects from three Celtic realms—riches from a German warlord’s burial tumulus; a richly embossed silver bowl from Denmark; and the ‘greatest book of the western world’ from Scottish Iona—display in different ways the interplay of power, art and faith in pan-European culture.