Sites & cities that bear the name of Viereckschanze


Today in : Czechia
First trace of activity : 150 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : 50 B.C.E
Recorded names : Mšecké Žehrovice

Description : The Mšecké Žehrovice Head is a male sculpted head from c. 150-50 BC found at the double Viereckschanze site in Mšecké Žehrovice, about 65 km northwest of Prague, Czech Republic. It is one of the best known works of Celtic art from Iron Age Europe, and, along with the Glauberg "Prince" and the Warrior of Hirschlanden, one of the few large representations of the human figure. After its discovery in 1943, the sculpture became one of the most photographed, reproduced and published La Tène (cc. 450-50 B.C.) objects ever. The sculpture is now in the Prague National Museum as inventory No. 111938. With its iconic moustache, owl-like eyes, torc ornament and unique hairstyle, the marlstone head became an international mascot of 'barbarian' Europe, embellishing the covers of many scientific as well as populist publications concentrating on Iron Age Europe related issues.

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