Crescentic Shaped Plaque
- This crescentic shaped plaque is one of the most important pieces of decorated metalwork from the
British Iron Age.
- The object is made of bronze sheet. An elaborate triskele design was embossed by beating the
reverse side of the sheet into a wooden template.
- This three limbed design is characteristic of late La Tè�ne art, of the second and first centuries BC. In
this case, the detail resembles the eye and the beak of a fledgling bird. We think that this often
repeated design held some kind of symbolic significance.
- The function of the plaque is unknown. The presence of rivet holes indicates that it was attached to a
wooden or leather surface. One suggestion is that the plaque was a decorative element at the front of
a chariot, another that it was part of a shield face. Alternatively it could have adorned a cult statue
placed on a causeway into the lake.
- The crescentic shaped plaque has played a critical role in our understanding of late La T�ne art in
- The crescentic plaque is similar in size to a dinner plate, being 184mm in diameter.