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CELTIC TORC, Bull's Heads, Trichtingen, Germany

CELTIC TORC, Bull's Heads, Trichtingen, Germany

Objets provenant d'une tombe féminine Vers 600 av. J.-C. Lieu : Hallstatt  Il s’agit de la plus riche tombe féminine de Hallstatt. Pour en savoir plus, un document PDF à lire ici : http://www.bibracte.fr/fic_bdd/contenu_fr_fichier/1263216834835.pdf

Objets provenant d'une tombe féminine Vers 600 av. J.-C. Lieu : Hallstatt Il s’agit de la plus riche tombe féminine de Hallstatt. Pour en savoir plus, un document PDF à lire ici : http://www.bibracte.fr/fic_bdd/contenu_fr_fichier/1263216834835.pdf

This is a rare, experimental combination of body armor (shield) and a weapon (matchlock gun). The gunsmith Giovanni Battista of Ravenna proposed this gun shield to King Henry VIII of England in 1544. Interested in technology, the king had 100 made for his bodyguards.  As a firearm, it was too heavy to aim unless rested on a support and was rejected for use. However, in the late 1600s, 66 were still kept in the royal armory, perhaps as curiosities.

One of Henry' Viii shield and gun combinations, now in the Walters Art Museum

Possible appearance of the wheel of the chariot found in the Vix tomb, made using original parts. Museum of National Antiquities in Saint Germain en Laye.

Possible appearance of the wheel of the chariot found in the Vix tomb, made using original parts. Museum of National Antiquities in Saint Germain en Laye.

Iron "spectacle" or Brillen type fibula  Huge Celtic fibula / toga pin, c.10th - 8th Century BC. Comprised of a single wire formed into two horizontal spirals, each with eight turns, with simple pin and catch. Measures 3 1/8" (7.9 cm) long.  Germany, private collection

Iron "spectacle" or Brillen type fibula Huge Celtic fibula / toga pin, - Century BC. Comprised of a single wire formed into two horizontal spirals, each with eight turns, with simple pin and catch.

Sword, mid-1st century b.c.; Late Iron Age (La Tène)CelticIron blade, copper alloy hilt and scabbard

[Sword, century b. Late Iron Age (La Tène) Celtic Iron blade, copper alloy hilt and scabbard.] Just beautiful

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