Everything old is new again: an examination of the similarity between the zoomorphic roundels of the Witham shield and decorative motifs found on Late Iron Age Irish Y-pieces

Rena Maguire

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMemento dierum antiquorum … Festschrift für Majolie Lenerz-de Wilde zum 70. Geburtstag. Archæologia Atlantica — Monographiae — Bd. I (
EditorsDirk Brandherm
Place of PublicationHagen/Westf
PublisherCurach Bhan Publications
Pages183-190
Number of pages8
VolumeI
EditionArchæologia Atlantica
ISBN (Print)978-3-942002-34-9
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2017

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