Sunwheel Pyrography Wooden Plate
This one of a kind product was created by Villkat Arts exclusively for Northern Fire.
The symbol of the Sunwheel appears across Scandinavia and the British Isles in artifacts from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages. Often interpreted as the sun itself, it may also represent the wheel of the horse-drawn chariots that carried the sun through the skies in ancient religion. A famous depiction of this concept is the Trundholm Mose Sun Chariot, dated to 1400BC and now housed in the Danish National Museum.
Midsummer folk traditions from the British Isles mirror this imagery, during which a flaming Sunwheel was rolled down a hill towards a river. This rite was observed through the 19th century at famous locations such as the Uffington White Horse (1380-550BC) and carries fitting symbolism considering Bronze Age Scandinavians believed the sun traveled under the water at night.
Material & Make
The use of fire to manipulate natural materials is one of the most ancient forms of artistry. Pyrography has been discovered on artefacts globally such as bone, wood, leather, and even stone.
Each piece is uniquely one of a kind, having been hand worked by the artisan to compliment the dimension of the design and respect the natural grain of the wood.
About The Artist
Known as Villkat Arts in his tattoo work, Ash Harrison is celebrated globally for his ability to communicate the shamanistic and spiritual components of the ancient world through his artistry. With a focus on Celtic and Nordic symbolism, Ash’s intention and energy shines through in each of his works, creating a connection between the viewer (or wearer) and the depth of meaning within these art styles. The journey of re-discovering his Northern European heritage is part of Ash’s artistic journey and can be seen in his woodwork, pyrography, painting, and tattoo work.
You can see more of Ash's artwork on Northern Fire here.
Size & Dimensions
The diameter of the Celtic Sunwheel plate is 28cm (11 inches)