Cernunnos

Definition

Cernunnos was an ancient Celtic god who represented nature, flora and fauna, and fertility. He is frequently depicted in Celtic art wearing stag antlers or horns and usually a torc around his neck. Few details are known about him but celebrated representations of the god in Celtic art include the Val Camonica rock painting, the Gundestrup Cauldron, the bronze deity-figure from Bouray, and the Nautae Parisiaci monument. Cernunnos may have been one of the inspirations for depictions of Satan in Christian art and hero figures in the medieval literature of Wales and Ireland.

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Timeline

  • c. 100 BCE
    Approximate date for the manufacture of the Gundestrup Cauldron.
  • c. 100 BCE
    The bronze figure known as the 'God of Bouray', likely a representation of the Celtic Cernunnos, is made.
  • 14 CE - 37 CE
    The Gallo-Roman Nautae Parisiaci monument is made which includes a panel showing the Celtic god Cernunnos.
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