The Stag of the Biberg
The bronze ﬁgure from the 1st century BC depicts the stag god Cernunnos, who was usually represented in human form with stag antlers on his head. For the Celts, the stag symbolised the 'key to paradise'. It was considered to be the animal that saved the departed souls from extinction and enabled them to enter paradise. It was through sacrificing a stag that this goal could be achieved.