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The bear-goddess of the Continental Celts as represented in a small bronze found at Berne [bear city], Switzerland. Artio is depicted as seated before a huge bear that is near a tree. In her lap she holds a patera or saucer containing fruit, apparently in offering to the bear. Inscriptions elsewhere speak of Artaios, Artaius, masculine forms for ‘bear-god’, which are associated with Gaulish Mercury.

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