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celts - hochdorf bronze container, celts lion,detail

Hochdorf Chieftain's Grave, Germany.

About 530 BC


The lion is a Celtic replacement of the missing greek one. Notice its difference in style from the greek original.


The Hochdorf Chieftain's Grave is a richly-furnished burial chamber. Regarded as the "Tutankamon of the Celts", it was discovered in 1977 near Hochdorf an der Enz in Baden-Württemberg, Germany). A man of 40 years old, 6 ft 2 in (178 cm) tall was laid out on a bronze couch. He had been buried with a gold-plated torc on his neck, a bracelet on his right arm, and most notably, thin embossed gold plaques were on his now-disintigrated shoes. At the foot of the couch was a large cauldron decorated with three lions around the brim. The east side of the tomb contained a four-wheeled wagon holding a set of bronze dishes - enough to serve nine people.


Kunst der Kelten, Historisches Museum Bern.

Art of the Celts, Historic Museum of Bern.

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Taken on July 4, 2009