Celtic Art Pendant Etched in Brass

Celtic Brass Pendant taken directly from the famous XPI page of Book of Kells ( see photo ) designed and hand finished by myself here in Ireland. The design is transferred via a negative photographic process then etched by acid, a technique used since the middle ages, then oxidised to render the background black. This is done, by hand in Scotland by a family run business, the rest of the work, softening the edges, forming and polishing is done here in my apartment, for now. The pendant at 7 cm long ( 2.75 inch ) and 1.4 cm ( 0.55 inch ) at the thick end. Sold with an adjustable brown waxed cotton necklace. I have a matching cuff is 16.5 cm long ( 6.5 inch ) and 3 cm at the thick end ( 1.2 inch ) as shown This Pendant and Cuff I have in Sterling Silver to the same specifications. Zoomorphics Zoomorphic Celtic designs are those based upon the forms of amimals, birds and reptiles. Anthropomorphic are those based upon the human body. This manner of expressing forms and movements in metal work as long ago as 5000 B.C. Some of the best examples are to be found in the Book of Kells. Knotwork. Imitation of the three dimensional art of plaiting, weaving and basketry are present in the works of many ancient cultures as far back as 20,000 B.C. It wasnt until the Picts and later the Celts that this art form achieved such complexity. As a symbol of continunity, interlacing is found on the ornamental cross slab stones throughout Scotland and Ireland.

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