Ancient British Sandstone Celtic Pagan Male Head with Piercing Drilled Eyes

An Ancient British Sandstone Celtic Pagan Male Head with Piercing Drilled Eyes and Pupils Grooved Eyebrows and Open Slit Mouth with Beard Below 
200 - 300 A.D

Size: 17cm high, 14cm wide - 6¾ ins high, 5½ ins wide
An Ancient British Sandstone Celtic Pagan Male Head with Piercing Drilled Eyes and Pupils Grooved Eyebrows and Open Slit Mouth with Beard Below 
200 - 300 A.D

Size: 17cm high, 14cm wide - 6¾ ins high, 5½ ins wide
The Celts had a predilection for the human head. The ‘tete coupée’ of the Celts like that of the Gorgon or Medusa of the Mediterranean had apotropaic powers and fulfilled the function of averting evil, and of conferring protection on the building into which they were incorporated. Celtic heads were often associated with springs and thermal waters as was the Roman image of Medusa and thus native Celtic symbolism became acceptable to the conquering Romans as the deeply indigenous cult of the head was comfortably masked under the image of Medusa. The best known of these vigorous male images and typical of many Romano British heads is the head carved on the shield of the goddess Sulis, equated with Minerva, on the pediment of the temple of Sulis in Bath. 
     This head perhaps symbolises the forced emergence of the Celts from the ambiguous world of their ancestors where the otherworld was as accessible as this one into the ordered, straight edged, rational and disciplined world of the Romans. 
Lady Albery 
Thence by descent 
Ex Private UK collection 

Ancient British Sandstone Celtic Pagan Male Head with Piercing Drilled Eyes

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