Moravian Museum (Moravské zemské muzeum)

The Celts, Brno and the Stars

  • 19 november 2021–3 july 2022

  • Moravské zemské muzeum
    Zelný trh 8
    Brno 65937

Stars shine above Brno and its rich history last for thousands of years. The Celts, too, found their home under these stars which is proved by their burial ground in Brno-Maloměřice dated back to 380 – 250 BC. This burial ground, unearthed in 1941 during the construction of Brno goods station, belongs with its nearly 90 graves to the largest Celtic necropoles in Moravia.

The international fame of the necropolis is due to the extraordinary find of a set of bronze fittings originally fixed to a wooden ground that has been reconstructed to the shape of a sublime vase on foot with spout, handle and lid. The components bear basic elements of Celtic art – zoomorphic, anthropomorphic and vegetal motives. The most interesting and for the interpretation of the find important element are the eyes on the sides of the flagon. According to the hypothesis of Prof. Václav Kruta, their location corresponds to the constellation of Taurus on the sky in the time of winter solstice and to the Sommer Triangle at the summer solstice, thus it represents the stylized starry sky above Brno.

The so called flagon from Maloměřice can be interpreted unequivocally as a ritual object used during ceremonies or mysteries carried out on sacred places. Without any doubt it can be considered one of the iconic masterpieces of Celtic art. Both with its exterior manufacturing and its inner symbolic meaning it bears a deep charge of Celtic spiritual world of which art was an effective, impressive and indispensable expression.

When the event takes place

19 november 2021–3 july 2022

Entrance fee

Adults70 CZK
Youth (6-15 years)35 CZK
Students35 CZK
Seniors35 CZK

More information and contacts

Moravské zemské muzeum
Zelný trh 8
Brno 65937

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