La Tène dagger and sheath - 927.103.a_3

927.103.a_3

La Tène dagger and sheath

Medium:Forged iron blade, ashwood sheath with bronze ornament
Geography: Found under Westminster Bridge, London, United Kingdom
Date: c. 600-500 BC
Period: British Iron Age
Dimensions:
29.3 x 5.6 cm
Object number: 927.103.A-C
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: Britain and Ireland to the time of the Romans
Description

Prehistoric Celtic culture is also named La Tène after a noted Swiss archaeological site. It is exemplified by rich warrior burials, some containing chariots and imported metalware. The distinctive art style, both symbolic and surrealistic, is based on long curling patterns in which motif and background are interchangeable.

The sheath consists of bronze bands wrapped around ashwood.

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