Art, Design and Culture

analytical Essay
1777 words
1777 words

There is some debate about the purpose of The Broighter Horde, in which The Broighter Boat was found. Originally thought to be a votive offering uncovered on the English coast, the courts were quick to dismiss this argument in order to take possession of the find and donate them to the Royal Irish Academy. The sculptor of the boat is unknown but it stands out as a prime example of artisans' skill during the La Tène period of Celtic craftsmanship and artistry. The La Tène period defined the Celts as a viable culture. Their civilization was such that it was able to acquire the day-to-day needs of the people giving them time to perfect various forms of metal working and other refined forms of art. The La Tène style spanned approximately 400 years between 500 and 100 BCE. La Tène represents the first pinnacle of achievement or prosperity of Celtic art, illustrating the flourishing and expanding growth of the Celtic empire. Coincidentally, during this period the Celts stopped cremation of the dead and began to bury the bodies of their dead. The resultant increase of burial sites with hoards of personal possessions and household items buried with the dead person in order to facilitate one's enjoyment of the afterlife, has provided a cache of artifacts that contributes to understanding this Celtic civilization.

La Tène style can be described as "a highly [stylized] curvilinear art based mainly on classical vegetable and foliage motifs such as leafy palmette forms, vines, tendrils and lotus flowers together with spirals, S-scrolls, lyre and trumpet shapes". (Wallace, 2002) The Broighter boat is one of very few pieces of sculpture found from the La Tène period. It is unique in its simplicity and attention details. The boat originally ha...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the broighter horde was a votive offering uncovered on the english coast. the sculptor of the boat is unknown, but it stands out as an example of artisans' skill during the la tène period of celtic art.
  • Describes the la tène style as a highly stylized curvilinear art based on classical vegetable and foliage motifs such as leafy palmette forms, vines, tendrils, and lotus flowers.
  • Explains that the broighter boat sculpture is an accurate scaled version of the sea-going vessels and could have represented a tool to be used by the deceased in the afterlife.
  • Explains that the british museum's eagle-beaked knife is a wonderful example of 15th to 16th century ad aztec craftsmanship.
  • Explains that the handle of the knife is covered in a mosaic consisting of turquoise, shell, and malachite all of which were used as currency in aztec society.
  • Analyzes how the flint hafting into the wood indicates that the knife was used for ceremonial purposes. the glyph tecpatl is a day of trials, tribulations, and grave ordeals.
  • Explains that jrn utzon won the international competition for a national opera house at bennelong point in sydney australia.
  • Analyzes how utzon's sandstone heads at the harbor entrance reminded him of the mayan temples in the yucatan peninsula in mexico.
  • Analyzes utzon's inspiration for the sculptural portion of the building resting on the plateau and covering the stages, auditorium, and foyer.
  • Describes utzon's visionary style and attention to fine details, reserving a place in history and in the hearts of australians for the sydney opera house.
  • Describes ellis, e., a quarter of a century on. good weekend. retrieved october 06, 2011.
  • Describes the british museum's knife with a mosaic handle and chalcedony blade.
  • Cites j. lee's flickr photo collection, "lutherankorean" (2007, january 27).
  • Cites d. smith's article about sydney opera house.
  • Cites utzon, j. (2002). sydney opera house design principles.
  • States wallace, p. f., treasures of the national museum of ireland: irish antiquities, gill & macmillan in association with the boyne valley honey.
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