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The Capel Garmon Firedog, dating from the Iron Age [image 1 of 2]

The Capel Garmon Firedog, dating from the Iron Age [image 1 of 2]
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This item comes from: National Museums & Galleries of Wales (Item reference: 39.88).  If you would like to see the original item, or require information regarding copyright, please contact the repository/contributor named above.


This artefact is a masterpiece of decorative wrought ironwork and the most elaborate of its kind in Britain. Firedogs were placed in pairs around the hearths within roundhouses, signalling the importance of feasting and status display at this time. Most firedogs accompanied their owners to the grave, such was their significance, however, this example was carefully placed in a bog, probably as a votive gift to the Gods.

Gathering the Jewels ref: GTJ31512

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