This helmet was hammered from thin metal and decorated with repousse designs. Plain bands crisscross and encircle it, dividing the helmet into quadrants. A square opening has been cut away in the front for the face. Each quadrant contains a motif of three schematically rendered men beneath a “sun circle” ringed with dots. These lively human figures with their arms raised and one foot lifted off the ground seem to be engaged in an ecstatic dance. Dances such as these are described by Roman writers who observed the bellicose customs of the Celtiberians. Two projections along the transversal band of the helmet indicate that it once included an attached ornament or crest.
The Celtiberians were Celtic-speaking people of the Iberian Peninsula in the final centuries BC. These tribes spoke the Celtiberian language. Extant tribal names include the Arevaci, Belli, Titti, Lusones, and Berones. Celtiberians were celebrated for their fine weapons and armor.
Celtiberian Footed Cup with Warrior Frieze, 3rd-2nd century BC
A squat unglazed drinking vessel with narrow foot-ring, carinated body and everted rim; to the lower body, red painted concentric rings, to the shoulder a frieze of advancing warriors with helmets, spears and shields next to birds and foliage; running zigzag design to the rim.
The Celtiberians were Celtic-speaking people of the Iberian Peninsula in the final centuries BC. Extant tribal names include the Arevaci, Belli, Titti, Lusones, and Berones. The modern Iberian Peninsula includes Spain, Portugal, Andorra, as well as a part of France and the British Territory of Gibraltar.