The golden rule
Been thinking about snakes and saints and how softly compelling that down turned gaze is in the old renaissance paintings and sculptures
One of my favorite Celtic vessels is this, the Hochdorf Cauldron.
It was found in a Celtic chieftain’s burial mound near Hochdorf, Germany, but the cauldron itself was originally made in Greece circa 500-0 BC.
Reasons I love this piece: for starters, it’s a tangible indication of the extensive trade that was occurring in Europe at the time. The mainland Celts weren’t the indiscriminate raiders they are often made out to be, but were instead a widespread group of individual populations that mostly farmed the land and worked metal. They were looked down upon by the Romans, mostly because they lacked the rigid social structure and religion their neighbors to the south relished. At the same time, the Celts interacted freely and often with their neighbors, including (and perhaps especially) the Romans.
Also, there’s the wonderful detail of the lions. The original vessel was created with three lions lying across its shoulder, but one of the lions was replaced at some point by one made by a Celtic metalworker. It is lying in the same pose as the others, but the style is radically different, giving an interesting comparison between the art of the Greeks and Celts at the time.
Plus, I think the work is pretty impressive because it was unlikely the central Germanic metalworker who made the replacement had ever actually seen a lion. This was a person who saw the originals and knew the original artist was more familiar with the subject but still stuck to his guns and worked in his own style. There’s a quiet sort of pride there that I admire.
Doodle from work today while my computer was struggling with a mega banner.
Recently been expanding from the usual deer and horses. Bulls were extremely spiritually significant to Celtic people, at least on the mainland.
The first one was me trying to figure out what I was thinking about
the second one is me making it actually flow nicely.