Hiberno Norse Hair Pin
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This Hiberno-Norse hair pin has been cast in pewter by Sacred Knot Tattoo.
The blending of the Vikings with the Gaels produced conflict, but also a maelstrom of unique artwork. Early medieval iconography from the isles tell stories about these cultural collisions and collaborations. The dragon heads crafted by ancient Irish and Nordic peoples are no exception.
The design for this dragon head pin offers a glimpse into a time when worlds exchanged ideas, even in their depictions of mythological creatures. The beast on this pin is a nod to this time period - one of turmoil but also of art and magic.
In the last image, you can see some examples of this concept by the peoples of the time - the Vikings occupying Ireland. These pins are housed in the National Museum of Ireland and we had the privilege of seeing them in person for inspiration.
Material & Make
Each piece of metalwork has been polished to a shining finish by a Northern Fire artisan in our workshop in Wales, where we craft our moulds and cast each piece. Our pewter is sourced from Cornwall and has been chosen for its flexibility and shine.
About The Artist
Sean Parry is the owner and lead artist of Sacred Knot Tattoo, as well as a founding member of the Northern Fire Art Collective. He specialises in Celtic and Nordic arts and lives and works from his hometown of Llandudno in North Wales. Sean’s projects incorporate knotwork, swirls, and beasts inspired and mirroring those found in the historical record - a reflection of his passion for archaeology and ancient iconography. Though he is well known for his mastery as a tattooist, his work with paint, leather, and precious metals are also part of his artistic endeavours.
See more of the art Sean has created for Northern Fire here.
Size & Dimensions
Length: 15cm (6 inches)