About this Piece
Emblazoned with a stylised Celtic Lion and icovellavna design, this pewter goblet (8 oz, 5 1/4" tall) celebrates Mark of the Evangelists.
The lion is a symbol of power, strength, courage, and assertiveness, and is often referred to as the king of beasts. The lion used to represent St. Mark is often winged, occasionally crowned with a halo. It is also the symbol of Venice. Other depictions may include the lion with a sword or a bible at its paws.
About the Maker
In 1974, Paddy Collins revived the ancient craft of pewter manufacturing in Ireland, establishing his workshop in Mullingar, County Westmeath. Pewter has existed since ancient Egyptian and Roman times (as an alloy of tin mixed mainly with copper and antimony), and came to Ireland 800 years ago, becoming fashionable among the wealthy and for ceremonial purposes. Mullingar Pewter combines traditional handcrafted techniques that take many years to perfect, along with modern advances (modern pewter no longer contains lead, for instance), producing wonderful heritage gifts.