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The Carnyx in Iron Age Europe



The carnyx in Iron Age Europe: the Deskford carnyx in its European context

The carnyx, an animal-headed bronze horn, once echoed across Iron Age Europe.

It considers the rare surviving fragments, with a detailed study of the Deskford carnyx from Banffshire in north-east Scotland (one of the key pieces of Celtic art on display in the National Museum of Scotland), alongside depictions from Iron Age and Classical art.

Research shifts from details of a single carnyx to a European scale in order to obtain a rounded picture of this striking instrument – including metalworking technology, Celtic art styles, hoards and sacrificial offerings.

This is a living instrument ... a now iconic reconstruction was made of the Deskford carnyx in 1992 and is widely used for recitals.

Co-published by Romisch Germanisches Zentralmuseum and NMS Enterprises Ltd – Publishing

684 pages

300 x 210mm

366 b/w illustrations

hardback –
two volumes, shrink-wrapped together

ISBN: 9783884673096

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