The Gundestrup Cauldron

18 Sep

The replica of the Gundestrup Cauldron immediately caught my attention not because it was shiny and big but because at each angle there were different pictures being illustrated. The imagines represent what seems to be two different time periods in Irish history. The pictures inside the cauldron are depictions of ritual that had been performed by kingships. These rituals were performed so that the kings could link themselves to the super natural world. The exterior imagines represent the pagan deities from the early Irish mythology. The Gundestrup cauldron is made up of 13 separate plates and is one of the largest known silverwork that had been created during the Iron Age. The Gunestrup Cauldron was found in a Danish bog, like some of the other artifacts that were displayed. I think that it is incredibly how bogs are able to preserve items for hundreds of years.

By: Aaron Lee

Source: http://www.archeurope.com/index.php?page=gundestrup-cauldron
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