Priest of Cádiz

Bronze and gold
Iron Age

7th century BC

It has been suggested that the sculpture known by this name represents the god Ptah wearing a gold mask. However, despite this similarity with a specific Egyptian god, the figure is more likely to represent one of the gods that protected the international trade centred around ancient Gadir at that time.

The composition of the bronze, incorporating arsenic and zinc, suggests that the piece was imported, possibly from Phoenicia.


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



Fíbula de Lancia

Celtic peoples


Bicha de Balazote



Toro de Costitx

Talayotic peoples