Artio is a Celtic god worshipped in Gaul. She is associated with the bear, according to both her name and her iconography. An image exists of the goddess, seated before a bear, offering fruit to the beast; the fruit indicates that Artio may have been a bringer of abundance, while the bear connects her to that animal.
Artio received votive and dedicatory offerings from her worshippers; apart from this, little is known of her cult.
Artio’s name is derived from the Proto-Celtic *arto or “bear.”
Artio was worshipped in central Gaul, in parts of modern Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
Bollendorf, Germany; Daun, Germany; Stockstadt, Germany; Weilerbach, Luxembourg; Muri, Switzerland