Pierre Toulhoat’s work arouses a never-denied approval since middle XXth century. It comes from the large catalogue of jewels signed Toulhoat.
Through many faiths, footprints in stone are seen as a mark that gods or saints have been present.
The hieroglyph for ancient Egyptians of ’life’, this perhaps represents the sunrise where the sun is the source of all life. The Ankh was taken up by the Coptic Church and survives as its version of the cross.
An ancient and powerful sign which unites horizontal and vertical opposites and takes on particular significance after Christ becoming the dominant symbol of the Christian Church.
A powerful feature adorning Nepalese stupas, these eyes are at once calm and penetrating, suggesting meditation and enlightenment.
Often used in Celtic art, the triple spiral comes from the 5,000 year old site of New Grange
A powerful symbol of love and friendship.
This mysterious Celtic Figure adorned a cauldron taken from Ireland by the Vikings.274G
Perhaps the most famous of Irish legends, telling of King Conchobar who kept Deirdre on solitude as his intended wife. She saw and fell in love with Naisi who took her off to Scotland.
There have always been angels, divine messengers and guardians. This angel comes from a 10th century cross at Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly. 218G
For the Celt, the dove is an image of love and harmony, also a symbol of innocence and marital love. From a carving by sculptor Ken Thompson.244G
The wild goose is at home in three elements: earth, air, and water. It is also a symbol of transition and change and has particular significance to Irish people who live beyond our shores. 560G
Created in the scriptorium of the monastery on Iona, the Book of Kells was brought to Ireland during the 8th century to evade the Vikings. It is probably the finest work of manuscript illustration ever designed. Birds travel freely between heaven and earth, they are possessors of secrets and are seen as heavenly messengers. 568G
This wild yet controlled geometric pattern is the very heart of Celtic art, showing how the Celts delighted in both order and disorder.
Cats are both homely and mysterious, their eyes shine in the dark and, like the moon, their pupils change from round to crescent. They are sacred to the Moon Goddess, and familiars of the femine.