LARGE COMPLETE ANCIENT CELTIC IRON TANGED FIGHTING KNIFE
Danube River Valley, Balkan Region
AGE - 3rd - 1st CENTURY BC
This complete curved
ancient iron Celtic fighting knife is in a well-preserved condition and
still retains it original tang. The curved blade was a classic
style of Celtic weapons well into the early Roman period when the
defeated Celts had been employed in some Roman armies as mercenaries.
The iron on this exquisite specimen is stable and strong with a
reversible protectant coating having been applied.
NO RESTORATION OR REPAIR.
From an old German private collection, fine antiquities like these are
surely to appreciate in the years to come as all countries that such
treasures could once be found have now instituted strict laws
prohibiting their prospecting and removal.
2000 B.C., barbarian Celtic tribes invaded Europe. They first
inhabited regions across Eastern Europe now known as Hungary, Bulgaria,
Romania and the Balkans. During the Bronze Age, they move westward
and by the Iron Age in the 8th to 5th centuries BC, these tribes make
their homes in what is now southwest Germany, eastern France and parts
of Switzerland and Austria. This era is known as the Hallstat
period named after a Celtic archaeological type-site in a lakeside
village in Austria. After that, in the La Tene period, western
Europe becomes heavily occupied by the Celts as they invade much of
Germany, France, the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), the British
Islands and Ireland. After this time, Celtic tribes spread
eastward again, moving into northern Italy, Bohemia, Silesia, the
Balkans and even into present day Turkey with a tribe called the
Galatians establishing a Celtic city called Galatia. During the
1st century BC, the Celts were at the height of their power and were the
dominant ethnic group in much of Europe, even ruling over the Germanic
Among the many military victories the ancient Celts can lay claim to are
the sacking of the cities of Rome and Delphi.
Celts were largely a decentralized
military aristocracy made up of independent
chieftains ruling various geographical regions. They were famous
to fight just for the sake of fighting and often, they were employed as
mercenaries of the great armies of ancient times. Along with their
chivalry, courage and
maniacal bravery, their more aggressive tendencies were offset by a
great sensitivity to the arts and philosophy. Highly unusual at
the time, the Celts viewed both men AND women with equality, holding
women in high regard with their matriarchal religion.
CELTIC WEAPONS ARE RARE AND
SCARCE IN MUSEUM COLLECTIONS NOT TO MENTION PRIVATE ONES!
10.3" in length
Actual Item - One Only