BronzeSalto de línea Necropolis of El Altillo, Aguilar de Anguita (Guadalajara)Salto de línea Celtiberian cultureSalto de línea 5th-early 4th century BCSalto de línea
Elite Celtiberian warriors protected their torsos with leather and linen breastplates. Sometimes the front and back of these plates were covered with bronze discs like these, originally gilded and decorated with a repoussé pattern. These discs hung from chains and were complemented by oval or circular plates, which were also decorated. Their finest parallels can be found in the Mediterranean region, and this pectoral is therefore thought to be a prestige object, used for ceremonies and exhibition purposes rather than on the battlefield. The geometric decorative motifs are associated with astral themes and may have had an apotropaic function, serving to protect the wearer.
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.