The Celtic people were a pagan race of people who worshiped pagan gods, sprits, the sun and moon. The natural world also played a huge part in their lives and many designs incorporate mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and man. The Celtic Druids practiced changing form and many designs portray their gods having birds or animals as servants or body parts. This is seen later in early Christian gospels where some evangelists are both human and animal forms .The book of Kells frequently depict the four evangelists as celtic animal symbols. Matthew the man, Mark the Lion, Luke the Calf, John the Eagle.
The Celtic Dog was a symbol of loyalty and a strong bond of companionship between human and animal, warding off rejection, loneliness and illness. Man's best friend was considered to be a symbol of good luck and good health. A Celtic hunter would not be seen without a trusted hound. Security was important to the Celt and the hound often guarded the village. This is seen in the mythological legend of Cuchulainn, an Irish hero defender of the people and their lands.
Some of our favourite house plaques are those depicting the dogs, especially the twisting hounds. You can imagine the Celts hunting the rabbit or hare with the hound twisting and turning as the hunter's dinner tries to avoid the cooking pot. Our Celtic house plaque comes in different sizes and is made from Irish limestone quarried from Co. Kilkenny. Irish limestone is millions of years old and is known for its durability. Limestone is a sedimentary rock comprised of mineral calcite. The calcite in Irish limestone is most commonly marine organisms. Irish limestone usually has the fossilised shells of the organisms visibly embedded within the stone making this house plaque unique and an interesting addition to your home or an interesting and unusual present for a loved one. All our limestone is supplied by God and nature and worked by man.