Solo Art Exhibition
Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey
05/09/22 - 04/10/22
Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm
THE IRON AGE

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The Iron Age in Ireland spanned from c.500BC-500AD (possibly earlier from 800BC) with the arrival through trade and contact of a distinctive culture developed first in central Europe 'by Celtic' peoples.

The Cult of The Head and Bog Bodies are two phenomenons found during this time that have inspired this, my current Solo Exhibition.

Ancient Greek and Roman texts suggest the 'Celts' cut off their enemies' heads bringing them home possibly to increase their status and power to frighten their enemies.

The majority of bog bodies date to the Iron Age, one theory being that they were killed and deposited in the bogs as part of the widespread cultural tradition of human sacrifice.

This exhibition is a mix of paintings based on selected carved stone heads and carvings depicting bog bodies in bogpine and bronze. The bogpine has been dated to c.5000BC by Queens University, Belfast. I chose this material because of its unbelievable age and beauty and bronze as this material was still being used into the Iron Age.

I would like to thank local archaeologist Bronagh Murray, who has extensive knowledge in this field. She generously gave her advice, time and support.

photographs by ronanoboyle.com