Friday, March 09, 2012

Book of Kells Sacred Salmon Ceramic Bowl

It is believed that the Book of Kells was written at the end of the eighth century at the monastery of Iona.  Its purpose was to serve as an illuminated liturgical Gospel to be displayed on an altar, and as such, was beautifully illustrated with elaborate drawings.  On the Chi Rho page, animals representing the air (birds and moths), of the sea (fish and otters) and of the land, cats and mice, can be seen.  

To the Celts, the fish symbolized knowledge, wisdom, the gift of prophecy and inspiration.  The Salmon of Wisdom were keepers of all knowledge. Mythology tells us that this knowledge was attained by eating the nuts of the sacred hazel tree.

This beautiful dark chili pepper red ceramic bowl, that we created by hand, is perfect for so many things--rings, pins, votive candles or even as a small prep dish. This dish measures 3 1/4 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch tall. As with all of our ceramic pieces, the glaze is lead free.