The Celts’ use of chariots in warfare was legendary in the ancient world. This terret, made at the time of Rome’s conquest of Britain, comes from one of numerous Celtic workshops that specialized in the production of richly decorated, high-quality enamel fittings for horse and chariot.
S. Hall, Esq., Norwich, England (ca. 1972); [ Sotheby's, London (British), December 13, 1982, lot 141]; [ Rainer Zietz Limited, London]; Private Collection, Germany; [ Ward & Company Works of Art (American), New York (sold 1987)]
Origins of Design: Bronze Age and Celtic Masterworks. New York: Ward & Company Works of Art, 1987. no. 71.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recent Acquisitions, 1987-1988 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1988). p. 13.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Eighteenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1987, through June 30, 1988." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 118 (1988). p. 33.
Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki: Kratkii Katalog Vystavki. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 1, p. 10.
State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki. St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum, 1990. no. 1, pp. 10-11.
Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. pp. 14, 39-40, fig. 9.
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 11, pp. 16–17.
Milleker, Elizabeth J., ed. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 76, fig. 60.