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Celtic Drinking Horn
Cow horns are naturally diverse in appearance, colours are generally a mixture of white, cream, black and beige, some are pure black. Most are quite beautiful in their own right, as if individually painted by Mother Nature. The cow horn pictured is merely a fair and average representation. Sizes are between 50 and 60cm in length including curvature (tape measure along outer edge).
Knotwork was first used by the Celtic peoples, as evidenced by metalwork from the British isles made between the sixth century BC and AD 100. Unsurprisingly, this pleasing artistic concept spread to neighbouring cultures and became a strong feature of Nordic art. It has been suggested that the Frankish court adopted the style from Scandinavia into France to symbolise their political independence from the Eastern Roman Empire. Whatever the case, the knotwork motif became a common cultural reference throughout much of Europe during the Dark Ages.