Celtic mirror and Iron Age brooches
- Art Funded
- 1) mirror: 12.6 x 13.6 cm; 2) brooch: each 9.2 cm
- Art Fund grant
- £8,000 (Total: £35,000; Export stopped)
- Rupert Wace Ancient Art
Its early style of decoration will help research into the technical and stylistic development of these mirrors - which are one of the iconic finds of the British Iron Age - and for understanding the social circumstances for which they provide evidence. The archaeologists determined that the mirror and brooches were buried in the grave of a young woman, probably of high status, whose cremated remains were contained in a pottery vessel. Canterbury's Museums already hold the pottery vessel and cremated remains found with these items.
Finder and landowner; Sotheby's, 1995; Robin Symes Ltd; BDO Stow Hayward, 2008; Rupert Wace Ancient Art.