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Celtic War Shield by ou8nrtist2 Celtic War Shield by ou8nrtist2
Shield is in 1/8th steel plate-welded,forged,hammered.
The subject of a remarkable reoccurring dream I had.
I have been fortunate in this life to be able to make many objects encountered in my dreams and past-life imagery. When I am able to manifest something seen in that nether realm it tends to flush the image from my psyche with all the real or imagined Karma associated with it. This is a type of MENTAL FLOSS ,and for me at least ,one of the unexpected positive side effects of pursuing so doggedly a difficult and taxing artistic medium...
There seems to be a tradition amongst the ancient Celts of ritual deposition of artifacts and especially weapons left in bodies of water.When I discovered resource material on the 300+warrior graves of the early "La Tene Style"found on the banks of Lake Neuchatel in Switzerland it launched my creative imagination in myriad ways.This war shield is therefore a synthesis of that study and learning,and my own imagined contribution to the cult of the warrior...

The bed in the background is "Poseidon's Rest".

This piece is available for purchase.
Please note me for pricing.
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UEdkaFShopie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Fantastic, just yesterday I was admiring the original in a book:D
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional
Thank you...
Broadshore Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work on your shield!!!

Excellent work on your information! That is actually one of many many Celtic Sites in Europe. Sorry, my main studies is the Celts for Historical Anthropology.

Thumbs up!
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional
I have been collecting books on and studying Celtic art and artifacts for many years as inspiration for my own metalwork.
I was exceedingly lucky to find (online)the two seminal large hardcover volumes by Paul Jacobsthall"Early Celtic Art"Volumes 1 & 2 out of print since 1949.Volume 2 are all plates. Much of what was discovered at La Tene are cataloged in these books ,as well as many other sites in Britain and the continent.
How fortunate you are to study this formally in academia.
Broadshore Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure do! It's an awesome subject. The funny part is! There been more and more new information about the Celts as of now. Again. It's a great thing to learn and know. Once again! GREAT JOB on the shield!
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional
Thank you kindly Uswin.
Beef-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
This is beautiful. Being Scottish I have seen the reaersions of these (different materials ofcourse) in the Scottish National Museum and the ceremonial shields are extremely ornate. Something of this quality would mor than likely be treasured by clan chief and would be burried with him. You are extremely talented and as soon as I win the lottery I will put in an order ( I wouldn't too excited if I were you) Oh, and I love the Art Nouveau light aswell.
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional
Thank you for your kind words Les.
Oh to have access to your museums!
That would fire my imagination for years ,no doubt.
fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh.. wow..!
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional
Thanks Sarah.
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