|Kelheim ( Lower Bavaria ). Archaeological Museum:|
Bronze application ( 3rd century BC ) from the
La Téne culture cemetery at Kelheim-Mitterfeld.
photo and caption: Wolfgang Sauber
The need to break down motifs further into elements is not well reflected in the published patterns by Jacobsthal and Jope who not only include motifs as patterns but combinations of motifs, especially with continuous decoration. Fox restricts his patterns to single motifs, alone.
Early Celtic art has no published manifesto of its aims as we frequently see in modern art movements, and its narrative content, in the rare incidences where we suspect that such is being presented, is based on mythologies that if committed to writing later are so changed that reconstituting the original stories is impossible. On top of everything else, the separation of artistic and mythological elements, as with separations of "Church and State" was just not any sort of consideration in prehistoric art and cultures.
On Monday: dealing with elements and motifs. Have a great weekend.