The Gundestrup Cauldron


National Museum of Denmark

National Museum of Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark

It is most likely that the cauldron from Gundestrup was made between 150 BC and the Birth of Christ, where Celtic and Thracian peoples lived close together, probably in southwest Romania or northwest Bulgaria. The cauldron’s motifs draw the observer into an alien universe far from that of the people who deposited it in the bog in north Jutland. Elephants, lions and several unknown gods, represented in a foreign style, indicate that the cauldron originally came from a distant area to the south or southeast. Exactly where it was made is still open to question. Perhaps it was a gift to a great chieftain or could it have been war booty?


  • Title: The Gundestrup Cauldron
  • Creator: Unknown

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