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Wood Bucket

© J.-F. Peiré
© J.-F. Peiré
Discovered in a well at the site of Vieille-Toulouse (Haute-Garonne), this bucket was unquestionably a luxury object.
It is made up of eight strips of yew of unequal lengths, supported by five strips of bronze sheet, alternately smooth and decorated. The decorations depict a typical, sparingly designed Celtic plant motif that repeats three times on each sheet of bronze. It consists of two spiral foliated scrolls joined by a shared spiral and punctuated in the center of each stem with a small S vertically inverted. A small globule stamps the extremities of each element. Three globules separate the decorative sequences as if to imitate bronze bindings. The bucket lost its handle fixed to the side with two bronze attachments. Only one of these attachments remains and represents a stylized animal head.

We only know of about ten almost complete copies of this type of object, all of which are made of yew. They were discovered at funeral or ritual sites in Germany, England, and France (near Agen).

What was the purpose of these buckets ?
Some could have been used as funerary urns enclosing the ashes of the deceased. Others were left in wells as offerings. It is also possible that some were used in connection to bathing.  But the majority of researchers think that these containers were used during the collective consumption of wine to mix the water and wine.
This object that the Gauls greatly appreciated was without a doubt imported to satisfy members of the warrior elite. However, in the precise case of this object, the its diameter’s small dimension makes this interpretation uncertain without finding a more precise function. In any event, this luxurious and typically Gallic object reflects the social position of its owner.
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