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Crested Head. Berkshire. c.55-40 BC. Celtic silver unit. 12mm. 1.09g.

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Crested Head. Berkshire. c.55-40 BC. Celtic silver unit. 12mm. 1.09g. - Image 1 of 2
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Crested Head. Berkshire. c.55-40 BC. Celtic silver unit. 12mm. 1.09g. - Image 1 of 2
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Crested Head. c.55-40 BC. Silver unit. 12mm. 1.09g. Gaunt head right, with sunken eye socket, angular eyebrow and nose, corded swept-back hair, framed by beaded line with row of s-shapes around, diagonal beaded line each side of neck, solar daisy and ringed-pellets in front./ Curvy horse left, with two-stranded tail and threaded neck and body, ringed-pellet and large beaded wheel above, small rings and pellets around. ABC 1013, VA 262, BMC 580-82, S 53. Good EF, bright silver, magnificent head, delightfully ornamented. Ex Gloucestershire collection. EXTREMELY RAREonly ten others recorded, including three in the British Museum. 

The two beaded lines (one each side of the neck) possibly represent long dangling bead earrings or perhaps streamers from a crested helmet, as seen on the Tasciovanos Regal Rider, ABC 2625. Or were they copied from the ties of Roman Republican or Imperatorial laurel wreath? Look closely at the base of this long slender neck and you’ll see an expanded neck-torc which confirms the divinity of its wearer. For more information on this extremely rare type see Chris Rudd List 171, July 2020, no. 13. The little row of s-shapes framing the head (not normally seen) can also be observed on ABC 998, 1010, 2009 and 2051 although in some instances look more like a seal. See Lot 27.

Crested Head. c.55-40 BC. Silver unit. 12mm. 1.09g. Gaunt head right, with sunken eye socket, angular eyebrow and nose, corded swept-back hair, framed by beaded line with row of s-shapes around, diagonal beaded line each side of neck, solar daisy and ringed-pellets in front./ Curvy horse left, with two-stranded tail and threaded neck and body, ringed-pellet and large beaded wheel above, small rings and pellets around. ABC 1013, VA 262, BMC 580-82, S 53. Good EF, bright silver, magnificent head, delightfully ornamented. Ex Gloucestershire collection. EXTREMELY RAREonly ten others recorded, including three in the British Museum. 

The two beaded lines (one each side of the neck) possibly represent long dangling bead earrings or perhaps streamers from a crested helmet, as seen on the Tasciovanos Regal Rider, ABC 2625. Or were they copied from the ties of Roman Republican or Imperatorial laurel wreath? Look closely at the base of this long slender neck and you’ll see an expanded neck-torc which confirms the divinity of its wearer. For more information on this extremely rare type see Chris Rudd List 171, July 2020, no. 13. The little row of s-shapes framing the head (not normally seen) can also be observed on ABC 998, 1010, 2009 and 2051 although in some instances look more like a seal. See Lot 27.

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