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Unique Celtic Decorated Bronze Mirror 75 BC

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Unique Celtic Decorated Bronze Mirror 75 BC

Comments for: Unique Celtic Decorated Bronze Mirror 75 BC
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: June 07, 2007 11:19PM

a bronze Celtic Mirror decorated in typical Insular British La Tene Art, and dating to around 75 BC.
There have been a handful of these mirrors found in the entire UK; to the best of our knowledge this is the only such mirror legitimately available for private purchase, the rest can be found in our State Museums.
This mirror was found in Oxfordshire and the finder acted responsibly and reported it to his local Finds Liaison Officer. The mirror was subsequently taken by the two of them to St Albans Museum where it was professionally restored and conserved by archaeologists.
As the item was a solitary find, non gold or silver, and as such did not qualify as Treasure according to the 1996 Treasure Act, it was returned to the finder. My company thus legitimately purchased the mirror from the finder. I would be delighted if one of our State Museums would like to purchase this unique antiquity on behalf of the State. Alternatively, I would be happy to sell to a private collector. Please remember that if you are a foreign collector or investor and you wish to acquire this piece, you must apply for an Export Licence with the UK Ministry Of Culture. We would be happy to assist you with this application. Pre-restoration/conservation colour prints are available. The Disc was found intact and the handle was in three pieces. All the photographs and the existing relevant documentation will be given to the new owner. A scetch of the mirror is included, together with a photograph of the Desborough mirror found in Northamptonshire in central England (the last image) - not too far away from this one. Like the Desborough example, there are flamboyant engravings on its back, probably drawn with a compass. This highly complex symmetrical design is characteristic of English Insular La Tene Art, of which there are not many existing examples of this magnitude. The rim of the disc enjoys incised decoration. The handle is of the looped style. Dimensions of our mirror
Height: 10 3/4 inches. Diameter of Disc: 7 1/4 inches.
Length of handle: 5 inches. Width of handle where it inserts onto disc: 2 3/4 inches. For Relevant Literature please consult: Atlas Of The Celts. By Barry Raftery, University College Dublin. ISBN: 0-540-08153-1

Price: $100,000.00
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: June 07, 2007 11:35PM

i hope everyone likes my recent weapons posts. it is a passion of mine as well. smiling
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: June 07, 2007 11:56PM

of course none of these are mine, nor do i represent this dealer in any way.
they have a ton of pottery, figurines, and other really cool stuff I'm not into.
if you'd like to know the site let me know and I'll send it to you. smiling