Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange) Pendant
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Newgrange looms as one of the largest and most profoundly decorated passage tombs of the ancient world. Built in 3200 BC by the Neolithic tribes of Ireland, the artwork that adorns its primary kerbstone depicts the most ancient triskele found to date in Northern Europe. This triple spiral motif remains a prominent feature within Celtic art 5000 years later.
Kerbstone 1 (pictured above and remastered into this pendant by Broc Ó Diolúin) sits at the entrance of this massive mound at Brú na Bóinne. Though the meaning of the symbols is unknown, it likely relates to the passages of seasons and time, because this monument is also built to align with the sun.
On winter solstice (around the 21st of December) around 9 AM, the magic of Newgrange reaches its height when a beam of light enters a gap above the entryway to the main passage. The rising winter sun will illuminate the chamber for 17 minutes, moving down the passageway until light finally rests against the back of the tomb.
The tombs at Brú na Bóinne, which include Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth, were a hub of activity for ages and continue to fascinate us today. The preservation of these sites remains imperative to understanding human activity and artistry, and our connection with the natural world.
For more about these sites, you can visit the Brú na Bóinne web page. The information and resources of World Heritage Ireland are second to none.
Material & Make
Each piece of jewellery has been polished to a shining finish by a Northern Fire artisan in our workshop in Wales, where we also craft our moulds and hand cast each piece. Our pewter is sourced from Cornwall and has been chosen for its flexibility and shine.
This pendant comes with an adjustable cotton cord.
About The Artist
Broc Ó Diolúin, known as The Badger King within his tattoo work, is renowned for his work with Celtic and Nordic art styles. His creations and knowledge also manifest in a project known as Badger Horns, where he shares stories and mythology related to Celtic folklore. Though he calls Llandudno in North Wales his home, Broc’s dedication to the Irish language and lore is apparent in his work with the ancient script of Ogham, as well as his mastery of the artistic styles seen within the Book of Kells.
You can see more artwork from Badger King Tattoo on Northern Fire here.
Size & Dimensions
2.75 inches x 1 inch (7 cm x 2.5 cm)