Not ever having written any books, apart from copying Biblical Gospels, the Celts developed ways of using visual symbols to tell a story. Accordingly, the components of this image, stylized dogs, are the vocabulary, and the way they are used becomes the grammar of the message. As symbols for the highest kind of love, the dogs here are tightly holding onto each other's bodies with their mouths, implying intimacy, with a mutually strong passion for remaining together.
Inseparable: Variations, Pricing, Another Image
Featuring four stylized Irish wolfhounds, which represent the qualities of dogs - the qualities of faithfulness, unconditional love, and trust. Four represents several things: the four directions of the compass, the four seasons, and the four classical elements. I would read this pattern to mean, 'Wherever you go, to the North, South, East, or West; whenever you go; (whatever the season is), and whatever you are going through (on land, water, through the air, or fire (through troubles), remember; you are connected.'
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Double-Dog: Variations, Pricing, Another Image
This pattern features three stylized interwoven dogs having extremely long ears. Three often symbolized eternity; the past, present and future. At each end of the pattern, the loop turns around, perhaps symbolizing an endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth. The dogs probably represent the qualities of dogs-faithfullness and unconditional love, rather than actual dogs. Their very long ears emphasize sensitivity, suggesting how sensitivity, (or the lack of it), can affect the flow of events in time. In the context of the pocket Gospel this pattern is derived from, the monk who included this illustration was probably expressing his aspiration to love his God as the dog would love his master-unconditionally.
Longears Celtic Band: Variations, Pricing, Another Image
This style uses a rotated and repeated image of a pattern found on a Celtic relic in Brentford, England. It dates to 300 B.C., and features 'peltas', and stylized duck's heads. It seems to be about flow, and change, and balance. I just find it very beautiful, and intriguing. Perhaps someday, someone will be able to understand it more completely.
Shown above are the 10.5mm and 9.5mm width proportions. Both are available in all finger sizes.
Repeating Brentfords: Variations, Pricing, Another Image
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