Symbol and image in Celtic religious art

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"Symbol and Image in Celtic Religious Art" explains how the detailed study of Celtic cult-imagery can contribute to our understanding of Celtic belief systems in Europe before and during the Roman period (around 500 BC-AD 400). Miranda Green explores a number of iconographic themes in depth, and examines the tribal and regional differences in artistic cult expression. Her discussion of the use of the male and female image, and the Divine Marriage reveals the very varied concepts embraced by anthropomorphic imagery. The artistic expression of animal cults and that of natural forces such as the sun, water and trees, is also discussed. The effect of religious beliefs on artistic styles is also explored. Dr. Green argues that other stylistic features, such as schematism, emphasis, and exaggeration in divine representation also express the religious viewpoint of Celtic patrons and artists.

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