Gaulish Celtic head from a carved wood votive sculpture



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A rare head fragment from a Romano-Celtic or Gaulish carved wood votive sculpture depicting a youth with a fringe and long hair to the back.

This piece shows stylistic as well as patina similarities with sculptures recovered from a healing sanctuary at the source of the river Seine near Dijon (excavated between 1836-1967). Although Celtic wood votives must have been produced in large numbers and in many areas, only a few locations would have had the right ground conditions for the preservation of this organic material.

France, Gaulish or Romano-Celtic, c. 1st Century BC to 1st Century AD

12 x 6.9 cms, 18.5 cms including stand

Fragment as shown, repaired from two pieces

Ex. collection: Tom Lenders, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1942-2019). Lenders was a former teacher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie art school and a discerning collector in various fields.

Mounted on a custom-made patinated bronze display stand