Protohistory

Priest of Cádiz

Bronze and gold
Cádiz
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.
 

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