Handpainted Ogham 'Faith, Hope and Love' Small Frame

Regular price 21.100
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Handpainted with Love

From the Gaelic Creideamh (Faith), Dóchas (Hope), and Grá (Love).

This small Faith - Hope - Love triple Ogham Wish combination is a unique and affordable gift, perfect for weddings and engagements. The mini triple Ogham Wish depicts the Bible quotation, "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these being love." This gift is presented in a sleek black frame, and handpainted on handmade paper by Ethel Kelly in Co. Roscommon, Ireland.

Frame size: 10" x 10"

History of Ogham

Ogham (pronounced 'ohm') was the earliest form of writing in Ireland, existing from the 4th-9th centuries AD. Typically etched into stone or wood, it consists of a series of strokes along a line, where the strokes' quantity, length, and direction determine the letter. Most of the letters correspond to the Roman alphabet, with a few local additions, so in fact it's a translatable cypher rather than a language, read from the bottom-left upwards. 
Some historians believe it may have been used as a secret alphabet that Roman Britain wouldn't be able to understand, while others suggest it may have been developed by early Christian communities as a form of shorthand. Most surviving examples are found on stone monuments in southern Ireland, though there are also some inscriptions in the west of Britain too, particularly in Wales.