St. Brendan's Boat

St. Brendan's Boat

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St. Brendan's Boat Made in Ireland by The Wild Goose Studio, Kinsale, Co. Cork

Available in two sizes:
Small 5.5" W x 2' H $39.00
Large 12" W x 5" H $79.00

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Bronze over resin. Ready to hang.

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SKU: WGSBZ24

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St. Brendan's Boat

A curragh or leather boat, with helmsman urging on four oarsmen as they row heavenwards amid a sea of crosses.  The boat is vertical on the shaft of the original cross, which overlooks Bantry Bay and is thought to celebrate St. Brendan's possible discovery of America some 1,000 years before Columbus.

"Protect me, O Lord, my boat is so small, and your sea is so big."  Ancient Celtic fisherman's prayer.

From an original design by Kathleen Smyth.

 

Explantion on Back of Large Reads:

St. Brendan's Boat

A curragh, or skin covered boat, with helmsman urging on four oarsmen as they strike heavenwards amid a sea of crosses.  (Note, the boat is vertical on the staff of the original Kilnaruane Pillar, standing in a field above Bantry Bay, West of Cork.)  This amazingly accurate depiction of oarsmen dates from the early Christian period.  It may celebrate St. Brendan, who in the 6th.C, with his crew of four, discovered America some 1,000 years before Columbus.  Mythically, it depicts the journey of Everyman, sailing across uncharted perilous seas to reach heaven, or hell.  Or, the church ferrying it's flock to heaven through seas of adversity.

From an original design by Kathleen Smyth.
Cast by hand at Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland.

 

 

Q. How are the Studio's designs made?
A. All Wild Goose's work is handmade by skilled craft-workers using a cold cast method. Each piece has a shell of pure cast iron or bronze backed by a resin and ceramic core. Any variations in finish are part of its appeal.