Despite their long history, the meaning of spirals is still the subject of debate, especially as changes in the number and direction of the spirals is believed to change their meaning. The clockwise spiral was believed to represent the Sun – a popular motif in the early art of many cultures. Supposedly, a loose spiral represented long summer days, whilst a tightly wound spiral represented the shorter days of winter. Spiral patterns, although associated now with the Celtic people, have in one form or another, been used in the art of many cultures worldwide.
To learn more about art and culture in the Bronze Age, visit our relevant blog post: The Bronze Age.