Celtic Stag (Am Dam Secht Ndírend) | Hand Printed Fine Art
Stags and deer have great significance to Celtic deities and people,
with carious stories of the Cailleach, Sadhbh, Gilfaethwy and Gwydion
shapeshifting into them throughout folklore and mythology.
When the Druid and poet of the Milesians, Amergin Glúngheal was
landing in Kemare bay, in Co. Kerry, they gave an incantation known
as the “Song of Amergin” which is found in 'Lebar Gabála Érenn' (The
Book of Invasions). It includes the line "Am dam secht ndírend", "dam"
can mean either bull or stag depending on the translation of Old
Irish. “I am the stag of seven tines (antlers)” or ” I am the bull of
seven fights”. I liked the idea of the Stag of Seven Antlers, and
wanted to draw something up to represent the stag as well as Amergin's
Am gaeth i m-muir
Am tond trethan
Am fuaim mara
Am dam secht ndírend
I am the wind in a sea
I am a wave of fury
I am the sound of an ocean
I am a stag of seven antlers
Material & Make
This piece of artwork has been hand printed in our Welsh workshop on 240 gsm art paper. Our inks are water based and locally sourced to minimise the negative impact of the printing industry on the environment.
For more information about our commitment to sustainability, you can keep up to date with what we are doing within the collective on our environmental page.
About The Artist
Residing in a remote region of North-West Ireland, Seán Fitzgerald creates his artwork through a deep connection to his ancestry. His pieces are defined by striking detail and a timeless narrative, sharing his intimate knowledge of Irish mythology. Within his work, he evokes both ancient and familiar emotion from viewers, giving faces to many characters of lore in a raw yet whimsical expression of artistry. Seán offers clothing, prints, and jewellery through Northern Fire.
You can see more of Sean's art available on Northern Fire here.
Size & Dimensions
A2 (420 x 594mm / 16.5 x 23.4 inches)