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DescriptionA cast stone Irish knotwork all-weather garden plaque inscribed with the Irish word for welcome... "Failte"
Each wall plaque is hand cast and finished in a weatherproof material. Celtic knotwork encircles the Gaelic word "Failte" which means welcome in English. To the Celts, the flowing continuous lines of their knotwork art represented the interconnectedness of life, and things without beginnings and ends.
The design of this plaque was adapted from a stone found in Kilkenny town against the wall surrounding St. Canice's Cathedral. The cathedral was built in 1280 on the site of the original monastery.
This wall plaque will look wonderful whether hanging on a garden wall or in an apartment hall--
Cast in the USA by McHarp-- the mother-daughter team of Ruth McKay and Linda Harp. Linda has a masters degree in anthroplogy, and Ruth has an extensive background in art and sculpture.
The piece is first carved in clay, and then a mold is taken from the carving. The molds are used to cast the plaques in a durable stone-like material, and the pieces are then stained and sealed several times to achieve the final finish. The wall plaque comes with an attached wire hanger on the back, and is ready to be displayed indoors or outdoors.
11.25 inches by 12 inches and 1 inch thick. Lovely weight and feel (somewhere between ceramic and stone).
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