Human Figures



Human Figures


Human Figures


The representations of human figures by Celtic Artists were influenced by the Pagan Laws that forbade the copying of the works of the Almighty Creator. In Celtic Zoomorphic ornaments the physical appearance of man was not copied. His legs, arms, body, topknot, hair and beard interlaced with each other. Portraiture of a living person, in his created form was a heinous crime. The portrayal of the Saints of the sacred Gospels in the Book of Kells and Lindisfarne was that of a persons who had long departed from earthly habitation and of the angels who were migrants of the Heavenly Host.

- George Bain, Celtic Art, The Methods of Construction.


Vector image created from George Bain book, Celtic Art.


Book of Kells


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