Celtic mirror and Iron Age brooches by Various

The mirror is one of the earliest found in this country, and its decoration in Celtic style is of particular significance because of the secure dating evidence using modern archaeological techniques.


Bronze alloy
1) mirror: 12.6 x 13.6 cm; 2) brooch: each 9.2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,000 ( Total: £35,000; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
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.

Venue details

Canterbury Heritage Museum Stour Street,, Canterbury Kent CT1 2NR 01227 475202 canterburymuseums.co.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £8.00)

Share this article