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Celtic Gold Jewellery 

Later Bronze Age c.1200 - 600 B.C.

Bulla

These were enigmatic objects of lead covered in gold foil decorated with repoussť designs of concentric circles, semi-circles, triangles and other patterns.  It is believed they may have served as an amulet or an object to ward off evil or ensure fertility.

Many date to the 8th century B.C. a time of great artistry and known by some as the beginning of Ireland's "Golden Age", which continued for many centuries, even into the Iron Age.

The example pictured above was found in the Bog of Allen, Co. Kildare and dates to about 700 B. C. it can be seen in the National Museum of Ireland. 

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