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Plate a, the Gundestrup Cauldron

My avatar comes from this fascinating Iron age silver bowl found in Denmark in the 19th century. It is currently in the Nationalmuseet in Copenhagen which is one of the world great museums of history and archeology. If you are ever in Copenhagen it should go to the top of your list of places to visit.

The bowl dates from 200 to 100 BC and its origins are disputed. Originally thought to be Scandinavian other origins are proposed - Celtic, Gaulish and more recently Thracian, Persian, Indian.

It is stunningly beautiful, mysterious and powerful and depicts war, human sacrifice, mythic animals and gods and goddesses.

Oct 30, 2008, 09:34


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