February 11, 2016

The Bann Disc

A piece of metalwork from the Irish Iron Age

The almost 2,000 year old Bann disc was dredged from the River Bann in March of 1939 in Ireland. 
The disc was found near Loughan Island, Co. Derry just above Loughan Graveyard near the east bank of the river. The disc was decorated with the Irish La Tène style.

The disc is slightly convex and measures 10.6 cm across.
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The motif on the disc consists of three interlocked spirals. It has three curved lines extending from the center of the symbol. The design is executed with a number of trumpet-shaped curves witthree stylized bird heads. 

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The triskele is of origin a pre-Celtic symbol. It can be found carved into an entrance stone of the ca. 5,200 year old Newgrange monument in County Meath Ireland. The designs reflect the belief in the sacred nature of numbers and their relationships expressed in geometric formulas.

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The decoration on the Bann disc is raised from the surface. It was created through the process of cutting down the background to leave the lines in low relief.