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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".
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This piece is available for purchase.
Please note me for pricing.
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Primus-Ingeniator Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015   General Artist
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!
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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
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional
Thank you...
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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!
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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.
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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!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional
Thank you kindly Uswin.
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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.
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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.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh.. wow..!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional
Thanks Sarah.
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is gorgeous. I've been infatuated with Celtic Art for... The majority of my life so far. You could prop this next to the Battersea Shield and no one would know it wasn't period.

And kudoes for getting things out. I finally got something out my head that's been kicking around for many years, and it feels so good to have it in my hands (drawing it for decades was apparently not enough - had to be made). I don't know what it's from, but... It's there.

Only now I have something ELSE lurking in the back.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional
It gets easier the more you let it happen.And that quaint little quote "Mental Floss"describes a form of psychic cleansing that keeps the digestion of psychic material moving dynamically through ones being.But one must must learn to make the ACT of creation be the greatest motivating feature and let the object go once it's created.Holding on to ones own artworks helps no one.To be successful in this day and age one must become prolific AND non-attached...
Part of the act and responsibility of making a (successful)life as an artist requires a concise set of disciplined work habits.Making money is only one (small)facet of the life I describe.So much more is involved with maintaining a pace that is healthy and sustainable on all levels...
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I featured this deviation in my journal today --> [link]
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional
Cool...
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Amberwood Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
This is way too cool. Wow. This is epic. Epic I say!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional
Thanks.LOL
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Amberwood Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Your welcome! Hehe!
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Allatwan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again, you make some of the best Celtic historical artefacts I have ever seen! :D
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional
Thank you my friend,
I have a pretty extensive library of reference works on the subject.
Since it is my own heritage I have had a lifelong interest in all things Celtic,but in addition to the cultural interest I have also always been truly fascinated at the level of craftsmanship and skill evident in many of these ancient relics.The ancient Celtic metalworkers were considered magicians and imbued there pieces (especially weapons) with supernatural attributes.These skilled artisans were on an equal political par with the warrior class and the Druids.I think the term "Maker" was applied to one who became a journeyman in this art. I like to fantasize that were I living in 600 BC that I too might be worthy of that title...
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Allatwan Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
Well, you sure are VERY talented! I think you would have easily found work with other artists back then for clan chiefs and High Kings ^^ Maybe even work on a funerary project for one of them! ^^
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Cu-Sith1 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Another fantastic piece, you are really gifted at metal craft.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional
Thank you kindly.
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Cu-Sith1 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
you're welcome =D
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nodis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
marvelous mastery of this divine form, truly divine.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional
Ah,those are most gracious compliments,
thank you friend...
I see we share a bit of the old bloodline...
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nodis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Aye' a bit.. I love the great symbols that evoked protection and strength...then to brandish armour or shields with it...That is a Beautiful example....
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Professional
The image came to me in a dream after downloading allot of related visuals into my little pea brain from studying much Celtic metalwork.I use allot of dream imagery in my art. It's a "pureform",in that it comes straight out of my subconscious and is largely unmitigated by intellect or convention...
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NEdina89 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
wow, impressive handwork
it looks great
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Professional
Thank you,
the inspiration for the style of this piece is from artifacts from an archaeological site in your country(Lake Neuchatel).
The site of La Tene revealed an elegant organic style Celtic decoration on many warriors bronze sword scabbards(450 BC)(most with iron blades). This decorative style has been sub-categorized into at least 3 distinct phases. My aesthetic affection concerns the "Early La Tene" phase.
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Vegvisir Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   General Artist
Wow! Right on! Love it!!!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Professional
Dreamwork personified...
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Vegvisir Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   General Artist
;)
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fenifire Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008   Traditional Artist
your work is fabulous! I've never seen such a delicate and powerful design before! :wow:
I think every Celtic warrior would like to have a shield like this ;)
and you know what? it looks a bit like you found one and renovated it - that makes it so magical :aww:
:damphyr:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Professional
Thank you for your kind compliments,
I often say I am the last in a long line of fallen kings.
There is something in my blood that was designed to rule ,but lacks a people or clan to lead.
It is a most curious dilemma.
I try to make myself content with fabricating the vestigial images from dreams,visions ,and past life regressions.
In this way it tends to cleanse the psychic palate and helps me to focus on THIS lifetime...LOL
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fenifire Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   Traditional Artist
that only means that you're trying to find yourself in your works - and that makes them even more personal :)
if you show yourself with such a shield on a battlefield all your enemies would run away in fright :XD:
there are so many things and actions from the old times that are still actual - so lead your clan to a next victory :aww:
:damphyr:
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Jaganshye Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008  Student General Artist
Lugh would certainly approve, or his son for that matter. Say how much did it end up weighing?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Professional
Sorry friend I've lost your thread,
Who is Lugh and how much did what weigh ?
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Jaganshye Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Student General Artist
old celtic god, top of the pantheon, and I was asking the shields weight.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Professional
I'm embarrassed to say I've never heard of that God...
The shield is near 100 lbs.
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debris Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008   Artist
rock on, great one! keep up the fantastic work.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional
Gretzky was the Great one...LOL
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debris Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008   Artist
Ok, Ok...... you are still a vast talent focused in art. Thank you for sharing your work.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional
Thank you for noticing friend...
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Lite-krigisk Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
It's awesome. sorry, I faved the one on the smithing page...my bad, i'll fix it :P

The Shield looks incredibly historical. congratulations!

Mirimë
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional
Thank you Mirime...
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Excellent work. I have always been big fan of celtic weapons and jewelry pieces and it's very nice to see that style also in here. :)

Have you ever seen "Battersea Shield"? The amount of details in that is just breathtaking.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional
I have it in my favorites album,
from a photo taken by another artist on DA,
and it's the reason I just posted my shield.
I've been into Celtic art and artifacts for many years and have a pretty extensive library know on the subject.
If you dive into it in any depth ,check out the "Early La Tene Period".
La Tene is a site in Switzerland on the edge of a lake where they found 350 warrior graves with IRON swords with BRONZE scabbards ,all highly decorated in a most expressive ORGANIC STYLE.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cool. I have to check that picture.
I saw some times ago few photographs of authentic La Tene (Or maybe Halstatt) daggers and they are truly very inspiring objects. I like especially those weird human and animal shaped hilts and nice stone decorations on the guard and pommel.

If i don't had any work related hustles in maybe few full months and i get somewhere just the right kind of tools and materials, i would like to try that is it very difficult to make real working replica of that famous Kirkburn sword.
It's probably the most beautiful celtic sword what i have ever seen. :)

Anglo-Saxons made also very nice looking pieces, but some of them might have even more complex and difficult structure..
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional
That is indeed a beautiful and well made piece.
The British Museum has other very worthy pieces to study as well.
The Sacred Geometry Calipers that I made in mild steel:
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were acid etched by a master hand etch artist friend of mine copying the design of another La Tene bronze scabbard (actually from the site). That scabbard is in the museum.
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