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wisdom eagna english irish ogham art padraic colum

Wisdom (Eagna)

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The Irish word for wisdom - "eagna" - presented in English, Irish and Ogham - complemented by an optimistic quote from literary revivalist Padraic Colum (1881-1972). 

  • Presented on antiqued stock in a black wood frame (includes glass, open-front box, black backing with easel and installed hanger). Outer dimensions 8.75"W x 8.75"H
  • Includes a descriptive label on the back of the mat and frame along with a 4x6 card explaining the history of the Ogham alphabet

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Ogham is the earliest written form of Primitive Irish, the oldest of the Gaelic languages. Ogham was first used in Ireland and parts of England, Scotland and Wales between the 2nd and 6th centuries. Though its actual origins remain a mystery today, it is believed the Celts desired a cryptic alphabet that could not be deciphered by Roman Britain.

Ogham Alphabet

Represented as a series of perpendicular and intersecting lines, this ancient script is thought to be influenced by the Latin alphabet using 20 characters. It is most commonly written vertically and is read from bottom to top. When presented horizontally, it is read from left to right.

Ogham was carved into stones and trees to mark land boundaries or to commemorate a member of the community. Today there are roughly 400 surviving stones featuring proper names, ancestral and tribal affiliations, and Latin words.
Ogham Stone Kilmalkedar Dingle County Kerry