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Subject  :  Celtic Connection?
Author  :  Patrick Weiler
Date  :  04-09-2000 on 01:17 p.m.
jpweil00@gte.net Christoph, have you opened Pandora's Box with your article? Favored theories abound regarding the genesis of oriental rug designs. Your first image, of an endless knot, struck me as similar to Celtic art. The Celtic tribes ranged accross northern Europe at the same time the BMAC culture was thriving. If you take a look at a Celtic Art web site, particularly the bronze artifact section, at http://www.unc.edu/courses/art111/celtic/imagesindex.html you will find several particularly interesting artifacts resembling the Lur animal bronzes and your images. Image #216273 shows the familiar man with upraised arms, similar to the man on the horse in one of the weavings you show. This item was made app: 5th century BCE. Instead of being on a horse, however, this gentleman is on a UNICYCLE! Did he ride his unicycle down to Luristan? Image #216468 shows a buckle with S shaped figures with horse heads at each end of the S. It seems to be much finer work than the Luristan bronze work, but this iconography was likely circulated "from time immemorial" among various cultures. Image #216506 shows two animal heads opposed. Granted, these tenuous connections between European and Oriental art can be considered questionable, since as far as we know, the Celts did not weave rugs. On the other hand, it might explain the Leprechaun I saw on a rug once..... Patrick Weiler

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