Celtic Gold Jewellery
Later Bronze Age
c.1200 - 600 B.C.
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
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