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Book of Kells Bronzed Plaque

$65.00 Sale Price:   $24.95

Price: $65.00 Sale Price:   $24.95

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Begun in the scriptorium of the monastery on the island of Iona, Scotland, the Book of Kells was brought to Ireland during the eighth century to protect it from the invading Vikings. Some consider it to be one of the finest works of manuscript illustration ever created. In art of the era, birds are seen as possessors of secrets and are depicted as heavenly messengers. This cast-bronze wall art is based on the intricate knotlike lines and repeating patterns found throughout the Book of Kells. Comes ready to hang. Cold-cast from bronze over a resin backing in a studio in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland.

3 1/2"W x 10"H x 1/2"D.

Before printing presses made books, journals, and pamphlets accessible to a wide audience, manuscripts were laboriously copied by hand. Those that were adorned with decorative letters, borders, and paintings are known as illuminated manuscripts, and the Irish Book of Kells is one of the most famous. A collection of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, it is generally believed to have been transcribed by monks at the Abbey of Kells around 800 AD.

That the book still exists is extremely fortunate. The Abbey of Kells was attacked repeatedly by Vikings in the Middle Ages and the manuscript could easily have been destroyed. It was stolen in the early 1000s and later found with its jeweled cover torn off. In 1654 the book was sent to Dublin for safekeeping during Oliver Cromwell's campaign against Ireland, and it has been in Dublin at Trinity College ever since. Its ornate decoration and initial capitals make it one of the greatest examples of Insular art—the name for the art of the British Isles during the Middle Ages—and a major source for the intricate knotted designs that we associate with Celtic art.