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Cernunnos by conallwolf Cernunnos by conallwolf
This is the god usually known as Cernunnos. There are images of an antlered god or shaman figure scattered across Europe dating back to Neolithic times, and he appears to have been venerated by a great many widely distributed Indo-European and "Celtic" peoples. The name comes from one of the pieces of Romano-Celtic statuary found in Paris, France. As it is one of the very few with any trace of a name, the name Cernunnos has come to be associated with most all images of an antlered deity.

For a fascinating and well-researched paper on Cernunnos, check out "Cernunnos: Looking a Different Way" by Ceisiwr Serith.


This picture is an amalgamation of features from several different images of the God. He is most often portrayed sitting cross-legged with his arms bent at the elbows in the "orans" position as in the image from the Gundestrup Cauldron, but I chose to extend the arms for dramatic effect. He is almost always shown wearing a torc (gold neck-ring favored by many of the "Celtic" tribes, may have symbolized nobility) and very often also shown holding another torc and sometimes with yet another hanging from his antlers. The cloak is from a cave-painting found in Val Camonica, Italy showing a standing antlered figure wearing either a cloak or robe. This figure also has the torcs as usual and appears to also be accompanied by the horned serpent. The horned serpent appears to a chythonic underworld symbol. While not totally exclusive to images of the antlered god, the serpent appears with him more than any other deity.

The bill-hook (a type of hand-scythe) on his left hip is from a statue at La Celle-Mont-Saint-Jean showing him with a bill-hook in one hand and a bow in the other. The pouch at his right hip is from a stela relief from Reims that shows him sitting cross-legged between two Roman gods, pouring coins or grain from the bag.

No offense intended to Wiccans, but this is NOT their antlered dying-and-rising solar deity. This picture is intended to be the Gallic (and earlier) antlered god, probably best described in the paper I referenced above; "a god of the in-between, of bi-directionality, of the reconciliation of opposites. He was both wild and tame, god of healing and god of death, of the hunter and the hunted, of nature and of culture, and in his very person human and animal."

UPDATE! 3 July 2009

Got access to a larger scanner and was able to rescan this one and include the parts that were lost the first time around.

On 10 x 14 sketch paper, done with pencils, watercolors, washable color markers and "sharpie" permanent markers.
devineworrior Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
rely well done these would make rely cool hollowenn posters i love your style.
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August 5, 2008
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