The relief designs of the Irish Y-piece vary according to type. However, some specimens of the Raftery/Haworth2a variant are decorated with an uncommon zoo morphic motif on their terminals. This symbol has been used on two other Northern British Iron Age objects, taking their inspiration from the Midde Iron Age Witham Shield,found in Lincolnshire. However, the Y-pieces appear to be the only Irish artifact to use the same symbol. Over two centuries passed before the motif was used on Irish metalwork. This paper examines the interconnectivity of Britain, Ireland and Europe through the pre-Roman period, and suggests a possible reason for the use of the anachronistic decoration style in Ireland of the Late Iron Age.
|Title of host publication||Memento dierum antiquorum … Festschrift für Majolie Lenerz-de Wilde zum 70. Geburtstag. Archæologia Atlantica — Monographiae — Bd. I (|
|Place of Publication||Hagen/Westf|
|Publisher||Curach Bhan Publications|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Nov 2017|