Gaulish Celtic head from a carved wood votive sculptureR66
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