…The dazzling regalia that survives from ancient Ireland suggests that kings had enormous prestige, both physical and spiritual. But at least by the early Iron Age, royal power had become highly conditional. The deal for the king was clear and brutal: produce the goods or be ritually slaughtered and sacrificed…
Where to see it: National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, 01-6777444, museum.ie
‘Ireland in 100 Objects’ is now available as an interactive app for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, and most Android tablets, and as an ebook.