The Easel

Celts: Art and Identity

The Celts were a “will-o-the-wisp” as the reviewer expresses it, a loose group of Iron Age tribes who shared some linguistic and aesthetic traits but little else. Much of what we know comes from artifacts turned up by farmers ploughing their fields. However, the allure of Celtic art has not been limited by this lack of knowledge, as a current exhibition at the British Museum shows.