Hunter, Fraser (2019) The carnyx in Iron Age Europe : the Deskford carnyx in its European context [2]. Monographien des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums, 146 (2). Verlag des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums and NMS Enterprises Ltd – Publishing, Mainz, Germany, pp. 225-246. ISBN 9783884673096

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The carnyx, an animal-headed bronze horn, once echoed across Iron Age Europe. Now, after centuries of silence, this book presents a full picture of this dramatic instrument for the first time. It considers the rare surviving fragments, with a detailed study of the Deskford carnyx from north-east Scotland, alongside depictions from Iron Age and Classical art.
The carnyx is studied in the context of musical instruments, metalworking technology, Celtic art styles, hoards and sacrificial offerings, Iron Age connections across Europe, and how the Greeks and Romans used material culture to depict “barbarians” in triumphal art. Research shifts from details of a single carnyx to a European scale in order to obtain a rounded picture of this striking instrument. Often called Celtic, the carnyx was far more than this. This study questions how useful such broad terms are, and shows the instrument’s spread to other cultural groupings – German, Dacian, and as far away as India.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scottish History and Archaeology (from 2012)
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2019 10:59
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2019 12:49

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