Much of the abstract designwork is executed using Celtic patterns such as zoomorphic (animal-form) or geometrical motifs.
Decorated Macehead Located in the Knowth megalithic passage tomb.
George Petrie) from the Royal Irish Academy and the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.
Hoard of Gold Ornaments The armlets are made from heavy sheet gold, while the necklet is fashioned from gold wire, almost 15 metres in length, wrapped over a leather thong.
The Museum houses special displays of artifacts from Egypt, and the Roman world, augmented at regular intervals by special exhibitions of Ancient art.
Among the many outstanding early Irish exhibits are such masterpieces as the Ardagh Chalice, the Derrynaflan Chalice, the Derrynaflan Paten, the Moylough Belt Shrine, the Petrie Crown, the Tully Lough Cross, the Cross of Cong and the Tara Brooch, as well as the Broighter Hoard (including the gold Broighter collar and the gold Broighter boat, complete with anchor, mast, rowing benches, oars, and boathook.) Several of these Celtic Irish treasures would have been lost or melted down but for the intervention of archeological experts (eg.
The History and Archaeology part of the museum (Kildare Street, Dublin) commemorates prehistoric Ireland, with an emphasis on Irish metalwork.
It highlights early Celtic gold masterpieces, illuminated religious manuscripts, outstanding examples of later Celtic metalwork and numerous church treasures from the medieval era, including the Viking age, and later times.
Many items display exquisite craftsmanship, encompassing traditional metallurgical skills of casting, soldering, riveting, and mechanical joint-making; plus advanced goldsmith art involving the use of gold plate, gold foil, and delicate filigree work.