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Cratere de Vix

Vix, in the Valley of the Seine, on the Gold Coast where the Celts settled in the 6th century AD, became certainly the most important center of the aristocratic principality.  On this site was erected a fortress, and in a circle of around 10 km was dotted a dozen of burial places.  On the southern side of these mounds was found in 1953 the most stunning and instructive Celtic tomb, the grave of the Lady of Vix. 

Etruscan Art Abrpad. Photograph of Bronze Basin from Vix.

This princess, who was buried in the beginning of the 5th century AD, was found under a tumulus more than 6 meters high, and a diameter of 42 meters, buried together with her burial chariot on 4 wheels.  She was around 30 years old, was beautifully dressed, and decorated with necklaces of solid gold, bracelets decorated with amber pearls, bronze finger rings, and other fine jewelry of the era, including a magnificent diadem of gold.  

She was surrounded by a multiple number of remarkable artifacts, among which was a bronze basin of Etruscan or Greek origin (The Vix Crater), measuring 1.64 meters, and weighing 208 kg, made for containing 1100 liters of liquid.  

The treasure contained also a Greek cup of ceramics with black decoration, a silver cup and an Etruscan drinking cup of bronze.  The presence of these objects of Etruscan or Greek style confirms a Celtic association and barter with the Mediterreanean World.  

In 1966 France issued a stamp, showing part of the decoration on the crater. 

France 1966. Etruscan Art Abroad. Maximum Card, Crater of Vix. France 1966. Etruscan Art Abroad. Crater of Vix.

Translated from French by the webmaster. 

The Crater of Vix being an intriguing mixture of Celtic, Greek and Etruscan art, I have uploaded this page separately from Greek and Etruscan Art. These finds are now displayed at the Museum of Chatillon-sur-Seine. 

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