Mebh, Queen of Connaught Pendant

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About this Piece

Mebh, or Maeve, was the legendary warrior queen of Connaught. In the Cattle Raid of Cooley, she led her forces in the battle against those of Ulster and Cuchulain in an attempt to steal the brown bull thereby increasing her wealth. Unlike the other war goddesses who used their magical powers, she fought with weapons. The first mention of Medb is in the Cave of Cruachan in the form of an Ogham inscription on the lintel stone placed in the cave during the 4th or 5th century. This cave was known as the gateway to the otherworld and thought to be a suitable abode of the Morrigan. 
This silver pendant takes inspiration from the type of crown she would have worn with two decorated bullhorns.

This product measures 29mm long and 16mm wide.

About the Maker

Úna O Boyle is a jewelry designer, maker and storyteller who uses her silversmith craft to retell the ancient stories of her Irish and Celtic culture. She is passionate about the mythology and folklore that define her heritage, and after studying anthropology at university is now studying the Irish language too.

Having grown up in Belfast during the turbulent times of the 70s and 80s, Úna often escaped to rural Donegal on Ireland's remote northwest, a rugged area populated with hidden prehistoric megalithic tombs and ancient standing stones. These local relics are enshrouded in legends, from Diarmuid and Grainne’s grave to the 'little people' living under the mountains. Úna continues that tradition by enshrining her jewelry with Celtic and Irish symbolism, ensuring that these ancient stories live on.

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