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The Celtic Spirit: Ancient Metalwork from the Barrow Collection

The Celtic Spirit: Ancient Metalwork from the Barrow Collection

The Barrow collection celebrates the superb metalworking skills of the Late Iron Age people known as the Celts. Celtic culture emerged in Europe just before the middle of the first millennium BC but the influence of their artistic expression persisted under the domination of the Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity in the Celtic-speaking fringes of the British Isles.


This fully illustrated publication of 120 pieces assembles some of the finest Celtic metalwork, bringing together a wide range of objects including torcs, brooches and bracelets as well as the metal fittings that adorned carts, horses and vessels. Most of these were cast in copper alloy but a few of exceptional status were made in gold or silver.



Noël Adams, MA, PhD, FSA, wrote her doctoral thesis on Late Antique and Migration Period garnet cloisonné jewellery at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. From 1991 to 2005 she was a Special Assistant in the Department of Prehistory and Europe at the British Museum and since then has worked for the Furūsiyya Art Foundation where she is currently Associate Curator.


She is the author of numerous articles on garnet cloisonné, as well as Bright Lights in the Dark Ages, a catalogue of the Thaw Collection in the Morgan Museum and Library in New York. She has recently catalogued the Islamic arms and armour in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.



ISBN: 978-0-9529403-5-7

Author: Noël Adams
Size: 250 x 200 mm.

Binding: Hardback

Pages: 168.

Illustrations: 190

Publication: Summer 2022

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