History of Iron Age swords and scabbards, £85.00
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Length: 26.000 cm (horse bit)
P&EE 1855 5-9 10;P&EE 1866 7-14 2;P&EE 1928 1-16 1;P&EE 1940 2-3 1
Prehistory and Europe
War and art in Iron Age Britain
Horse harness fittings
Iron Age Britons probably considered their horses and the carts, traps or chariots they pulled as things of great value and importance. Metal horse harnesses and the other metal parts of carts were some of the most highly decorated objects made by Iron Age craftspeople.
It is difficult to appreciate the impact these colourful objects would have had in prehistoric times. Bright colours would have been rare. The inlaid red and bright blue glass would have stood out sharply. Imagine the spectacle and the sound as a horse drawn cart or chariot thundered past!