Celtic Knots, my newest obsession.
There are some awesome resources online if you’re interested in drawing these yourself.
The Art in the book of Kells is one of the defining art styles in Ireland.As much as ireland has a celtic identity today does it have a continuity with la tene? Probably not. It took real serious skill to create that level of detail in such small spaces but there are some big differences between Iron Age La Tene art and illuminated manuscripts
They are both curvilinear, they are fluid and flow and bend like water but la tene art was abstract where as the manuscripts have stylised but representational figures. They arent random doodles either a lot of the art might look strange to us but they have symbollic meaning in medieval christianity. Like the half human half animals are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The Four Evangelists.
The knotwork is another feature that distinguishes medieval art from la tene. Its A LOT more complex in the book of kells and required a lot more skill but it is inherited from the Coptic Christian Manuscript tradition in Egypt and Greece. There might even be Egyptian monks buried in Ireland.
While its probably not a thread of continuity with celtic art styles its a style from Ireland practiced in scotland and into Germany. It is definately Irish and an amazing art style. Especially considering it illustrates what Ireland being a land of saints and scholars means. It comes from a time when European monarchs came to Ireland for an education and Irish medical and poetic families were famous around europe, Irish art was unmatched and Ireland really was a huge centre of technology and learning.
Something that todays celtic identity doesnt emphasise about our shared history.
I found some old art books today called ‘Celtic Art: The methods of Construction by George Bain’ Which, I found interesting. I only have 4 out of the 7, they are very old (From 55 years ago). I thought I would just share some scans from them, some people might find them useful. :)
And I just noticed there is two images the same. -_-” Sorry about that, I’ll replace it with a different one later… -_-‘
A quick look at: the Celtic carnyx, and accounts of their use from ancient sources.
"Their trumpets again are of a peculiar barbarian kind; they blow into them and produce a harsh sound which suits the tumult of war"
-Greek Historian Diodorus Siculus (60-30 BC), Histories, 5.30.
The carnyx was a type of bronze trumpet used between c. 200 BC and c. AD 200 in Iron Age Europe, primarily by the Iron Age Celts. They were styled in the shape of an animal’s head, such as that of an open-mouthed boar. The carnyx was used in warfare, spurring troops into battle, and intimidating opponents. The upright carriage of the instrument allowed its bellowing sound to be heard over those in battles or in ceremonies. Greek historian Polybius (c. 200–c. 118 BC) was so impressed by the Gallic army’s use of them battle, he wrote:
"There were countless trumpeters and horn blowers and since the whole army was shouting its war cries at the same time there was such a confused sound that the noise seemed to come not only from the trumpeters and the soldiers but also from the countryside which was joining in the echo."
The first image is of reconstructions of the Celtic carnyx at the Celtic Museum in Hallein, photo taken by Wolfgang Sauber.
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