Celtic Mirror Reinheim, Bronze

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Celtic mirror Reinheim

Celtic mirror inspired by a find from Reinheim / Germany.
The polished bronze plate with a diameter of about 18 cm is attached to a figurative handle. The figure also is made from of solid genuine bronze and is decorated with specially made hollow rivets inlaid with coral. The wooden handle is made of beech. The total length of the extraordinary and beautiful piece is about 37 cm. A truly exceptional reconstruction, stable and ready for use.

The celtic grave mound of Reinheim

Like our Torques, also the Celtic mirror belogs to the finds from the burial mound of the Princess of Reinheim, which is one of the most important grave finds from Celtic times in Central Europe.  In February 1954, during sand mining the gravel pit owner J. Schiel discovered the fragment of mirror handle. Known as the "cat's back" bump, the location was archaeologically investigated and recognized as a Celtic grave mound. The excavators were able to locate a grave chamber made of oak wood, set about 50 cm into the ground. The grave chamber contained numerous grave goods and costume items. Although the skeleton of the dead was completely gone, on the basis of the findings it could be concluded that the deceased was a woman of high social status and a priestly or religious function. Besides the magnificent Torques with it´s decorations of human faces, even more grave goods were discovered. The chamber contained also bracelets made from solid gold, glass and jet, fingerrings and personal jewellery. Additional finds include a gold fibula with coral deposits, a mask fibula, a figural brooch in the shape of a rooster, a magnificent tube jug with drinking vessels and numerous small finds of glass and amber. Another outstanding feature is the large hand mirror, of which there is only one comparable find from Hofheim, Germany. It´s design was apparently inspired by figurative decorated mirrors from the Mediterranean region. The figure of the mirror wears the celtic crown of leaves, as is known from numerous Celtic illustrations and also of the statue of Glauberg.

The grave mound itself consisted of turf and had a diameter of 23 m and probably a height of 4.70 m. Other nearby burials show a settlement continuity over centuries. In Roman times a large Gallo-Roman Villa Rustica was built not far from the grave mound, which must be regarded as a central location for the region. As it can be assumed by the proximity to the Celtic grave sites, that likely a family or at least assignees of the Princess of Reinheim resided in the villa rustica.

Recommended is a visit of the European Archaeological Park in Reinheim, where in addition to the Roman finds also a reconstruction of the grave mound can be visited with an open grave chamber.

Lit.:
R. Echt, Das Fürstinnengrab von Reinheim. Studien zur Kulturgeschichte der Früh-La-Tène-Zeit. Saarbrücker Beitr. Altkde. 69 (Bonn 1999)

 

 

 

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