Statuettes of animals that were worshipped as symbolic allegories or as companions of Celtic gods, take us into the realm of Celtic cults. Animal statuettes belong to the rare testimonials of religious history from the world of Celtic gods. In 1949, a child found the small bull’s figure on a paternal field near the Frauenberg in the vicinity of the Weltenburg monastery. An overly slim waist, grooved and three-dimensionally emphasised eyes as well as a twisted tail seem to indicate a classification in the late Celtic period. The Celts attributed extraordinary strength to the bull. Plutarch, Marius 23, describes that the Cimbri confirmed their treaties by an oath sworn on a bronze bull.
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