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LOT 0298

Estimate
GBP (£) 800 - 1,000
EUR (€) 930 - 1,170
USD ($) 980 - 1,230

Sold for (Inc. bp): £4,940

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BRITISH IRON AGE CELTIC MIRROR WITH LA TÈNE DESIGN
1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
9 5/8 in. (210 grams, 24.5 cm).

A bronze discoid mirror comprising three parts: the handle, main mirror plate and the tubular binding edge; the obverse comprising the reflective surface, the reverse with traces of beautiful spiral motifs composed of fine zig-zag lines; thick border to the circumference to which the later openwork handle and loop are attached.

PROVENANCE:
Acquired 1960s-1990s.
Late Alison Barker collection, a retired London barrister.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Moscati, S., Hermann Frey, O., Kruta, V., Raftery B., Szabò, M., The Celts, New York, 1991, p.566; Joy, J., Iron decorated Age Mirrors: a biographical approach, Oxford, 2010, figs.A2, A21.

FOOTNOTES:
The decorative work of these distinctive British Celtic mirrors was based on the development of the spiral and trumpet motifs of the early Celtic La Tène style. Both sides of the mirror were intimately bound; mirror decoration explicitly referred to the reflective surface of a mirror through positive and negative imagery. Mirror decoration, in this instance, acted to re-emphasise and reinforce the primary function: its ability to reflect light.

CONDITION