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  • History of Celtic Knotwork

    During the 7th century BC, Celts from continental Europe crossed over to Britain and began to settle. Artwork was, and remains, a big part of their culture. The most instantly recognizable form of Celtic artwork is their intricate knotwork designs. As with many other cultural artforms, the art of the Celts was both decorative and religious, and often incorporated symbolism and was used to tell stories. Both animals and humans are often depicted in Celtic artwork, but in very imaginative and stylized ways. Anthropomorphic (human) and zoomorphic (animal) designs are often quite contorted, with long and interweaving body parts. This was due to the Celtic belief...