…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
A history of Ireland in 100 objects is available in all good bookshops and as an ebook.