This ancient European iron age piece is a horse gear mount, and was probably used for attaching to a harness or possibly a chariot. It was discovered most likely in Gaul and is believed to date back between the first to third centuries, A.D.
It is formed from “trumpet-shaped” elements into a Celtic “trefoil” design, which means “3 leafed.” Threefoldness is central to the Celtic psyche and permeates all things, corresponding, for example, to the tripartite goddess.
Used by permission of the Celtic and Prehistoric Museum Ireland
Robin McCoy Brooks, MA LMHC, TEP
Kenneth Kimmel, LMFT
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