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The pictures on the Gundestrup Cauldron

The silver cauldron consists of a hemispherical base, a base plate, seven outer and five inner plates richly decorated with hammered and stamped figures, and a rim. It weighs nearly 9 kg. Various gods and goddesses are shown on the outer panels of the Gundestrup Cauldron. Some are associated with life, fertility and beauty, others with death and destruction. The inner plates show more complicated scenes, including a procession of warriors, a bull sacrifice and a god with antlers surrounded by lions, deer and gryphons. Perhaps this god was regarded as ruler over the forces of nature and wild animals.

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