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The Celts have left very few written records of their civilization, it is first known to us thanks to their art, largely rediscovered during the second half of the twentieth century. Celtic art privileges small utilitarian objects such as weapons, jewels, domestic or religious utensils. Celtic symbols are difficult to understand.

The art of the Celts presents a great diversity according to the times and regions considered. Nor is it free of external influences: Etruscan, Greek, Scythian, then Latin, and finally Germanic and Christian.

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However, some major features definitely distinguish it from the art of other civilizations that were in contact with the Celtic cultural area:

the representations of the divinities seem to have existed, but the testimonies are rare, Gallo-Roman or difficult to identify and one of the best-known sources is the cauldron of Gundestrup. except for the case of Hesse and the south of Gaul, it also seems that stone statuary was not the favorite domain of the Celts.

A major feature of Celtic art is the dominance of non-anthropomorphic or natural motifs, such as intertwining, and a tendency to abstraction. This trend, stemming from Hallstattian schematism, reaches its peak through the illuminations of the Celtic manuscripts of Ireland and Scotland of the insular Christian period, such as the famous Book of Kells.

Knot patterns are typical of the early and early medieval art, especially in Italy and the British Isles. They are often referred to as Celtic knot or Celtic pattern, Important examples are the Book of Durrow, the Lindisfarne Gospel, and the Book of Kells.

The use of intertwined patterns has its origins in the artwork of the late Roman Empire.

Examples of ‘plaits’ which is an uninterrupted braided cord design based predate nodes in many cultures around the world, but the broken and reconnected plait, which is the hallmark of our true work, began in northern Italy and in the south of Gaul and spread to Ireland around the 7th century. The style is commonly associated with the Celtic lands but was also widely practiced in England and exported to Europe by Irish monastic activities and Northumbria on the mainland.

Romilly Allen identified eight elementary nodes that form the basis of almost all patterns intertwined in Celtic decorative art. John Romilly Allen derived the nodal patterns in the British Isles from Italian models of the 5th and 6th centuries. Lethaby saw the origins of Italian and Anglo-Saxon knot patterns in the patterns of Coptic textiles, which he assumed brought Coptic Christians to Britain. He refers to knot patterns on early silk Arabic textiles, which he also attributes to Coptic models. According to Jacques Guilmain, important suggestions for the Book of Durrow are likely to have come from pagan, Celtic and Germanic as well as Coptic art.

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