Protohistory

Centaur of Royos

Bronze
Iberian culture
Los Royos (Caravaca de la Cruz, Murcia)
First half of the 6th century BC
Greek

Representation of a Greek centaur with long hair and a full beard. The front part is human and the hindquarters are those of an animal. His right hand strikes his back and his left hand once held a bundle of branches, brandished as weapons. The figure symbolises the persecution and flight of the centaurs hounded by Heracles.

Imported from Greece, the object adorned a luxury item and may have been a gift to the Iberian prince or aristocrat who ruled the territory. Its discovery in Murcia confirms the trajectory of the trade route between the east coast and the inland regions of Andalusia.
 

Catalogue

These links provide information about objects belonging to different people groups who inhabited the Iberian Peninsula during the first millennium BC. The most important groups were the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, who arrived from the eastern Mediterranean and left their mark on the Tartessians who already occupied the peninsula; the Celts and Iberians; and the former inhabitants of the Balearic Islands, the Talayotic peoples.

Dama de Galera

Phoenicians and Carthaginians

         

Tesoro de Aliseda

Tartessians

         

Fíbula de Lancia

Celtic peoples

       

Bicha de Balazote

Iberians

         

Toro de Costitx

Talayotic peoples