Modeled after a beautiful bronze Celt horse finial, found in the necropolis of Numancia in present day Spain. Beginning in the 6th century BCE, the CeltIberians produced distinctive stylized horses that appear on bronze objects, jewelry, fibulae and horse trappings. The horse was an important partner for survival, agriculture, mounted warfare and status for the wealthy elite. In the manner of these Celt horses, this clay sculpture has been lightly glazed to allow the earthy brown clay to be visible, the coloration much like the patina found on ancient bronze. The horses are adorned with a talisman of hand etched metal, amethyst, black tourmaline, horn and ancient Egyptian mummy beads, suspended with brown deerskin. The largest metal piece is a design from an ancient shield, the dangles are fragments of other ancient designs. Amethyst was mined in ancient Egypt for beads and amulets, discovered while mining crystals in Wadi el-Hudi. Amethyst has long been admired for beauty and believed to connect to the realm of the Divine. Mummy beads, called sha sha, were worn by men, women and children, for good fortune, the name derived from the word sha, meaning luck. Black tourmaline is a grounding stone, a calming earth connection. Beauty, power and spirit of the horse, connection to what is Divine, a reminder of what we carry within us aa we live our daily lives
The sculpture is mounted to a hand worked piece on antique French oak beam, left raw and smoked.
Horses from ear to ear 6 1/2” wide X 6 1/2” tall, from table to ear tip10 1/4” tall. Oak piece 4 1/4” wide X 3 3/4” tall X 2 1/2” deep.
One of a Kind.
With Stone Lore Cards.