CELTIC VOTIVE BELL NECKLACE 7th-5th CENT BC
Bronze, 7/8” height, delicately cast with integral suspension loop. Generally acknowledged as exchange objects (money) these frequently, as here, are encountered with pieces chipped out. Specifically not cracks, these voids indicate deliberate removal of small portions of the bell. If values as money, it follows that the fragments were used votively as a sacrifice. Found in Ireland, England (Scotland), and Western Europe. This example with small chips removed including a channel 2/3 is the height on the back. Professionally refurbished with silver overlay on a modern sterling silver neck chain.
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