Mirroring Mythology – Celtic God Lu

Celtic God Lu Carved Slate Mirror (77 cm x 53.5 cm)

Celtic God Lu
Carved Slate Mirror
(77 cm x 53.5 cm)

I have learned every slate owns unique personality with its grain and thickness . Lu was  hand carved from a single piece of reclaimed 200 year old Blue Bangor slate. Blue Bangor being the best quality there is.

The sense of age and strength the slate possessed put me in mind of the ancient heroes of Irish Mythology, in particular Lu (Lugh).  Lu was a high king and leading deity of the Celts.  As the month of August  in the English tongue is  named after the Roman Emperor Augustus  so in Gaeilge  it is called Lughnasadh in honour of Lu.

Traditionally in Ireland festivals were held on the 1st of the month, as a chance to celebrate  Summer’s end  before beginning the hard work of the harvests as featured in Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa

The endless Celtic knot carving framing the mirror is symbolic of the eternal cycle of life, the interweaving of time and spirit.

I first started carving slate about ten years ago. I made a gift for a friend and then people began asking for commissioned pieces. I am self taught and have developed my own techniques to work by hand with slate on its own terms!

There will be another slate tomorrow until then

Go raibh maith agat

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9 Responses to Mirroring Mythology – Celtic God Lu

  1. Very nice! I wonder if you’ve ever visited the Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Wales. If not, I think you would thoroughly enjoy it—excellent combination of natural beauty and human history.
    James Gardner Art

  2. marga t. says:

    So lovely – this glimpse into your hand/heart creations and deep, steeping locale!

  3. Pingback: Dancing at Lughnasa | mcsirishart

  4. I’ve sent my Irish friends over to look at this. They are very interested in your work.

  5. that is a really cool piece.

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