Besançon Flagon.

Several views of imported Etruscan bronze flagon from Besançon (France), with incised Celtic designs.

The incised patterns include a palmette motif that echoes the handle attachment in an entirely new fashion, while the rest of the vehicle is covered with swirling yin-yang circles, teardrop commas and other purely local motifs that contrast jarringly with the simple, rigid Etruscan palmette.

Height 25.5 cm.
Date: ca. 350 B.C.E. (incised elements)


Drawing of part of Celtic design.