About this Piece
Add class to your dining table with this beautiful hand crafted pewter beaker that tells a story from ancient mythical Ireland.
Lugh was son of Kian, of the Tuatha Dé Danaan people. Kian loved the noble Lady Eihlinn, and they had three sons together. When Balor of the Evil Eye - a Formorian and enemy - heard this, he ordered the three babies to be drowned. However the servant who was ordered to kill the children dropped one on the way to the shore, but never told anyone that one lived. The child, Lugh, was saved by a Druidess. His father Kian thus gave him as a youth to his brother a scholar to educate.
On coming to manhood, Lugh presented himself to the Royal Palace at Tara, where the King noticed that Lugh was a scientist, a physician, a poet, a harper, and also a skilled soilder.
Meanwhile the Formorian race, whose fortunes were ending at the hands of the Danaans, stole the harp of the chief god Dagda. Lugh led Dagda to the hall of Fomorians where they found the stolen harp. Invoking magical powers of the Tuatha de Danaaan, the harp was rescued. Delighted to have his harp back, Dagda celebrated with Lugh in the first known "seisiún" of Irish music.
Another battle saw the Tuatha De Danaan victorious over the Fomorians. A weary Balor inadvertently allowed his eye to droop for a moment. Lugh picked up a stone and as soon as he opened his eye, Lugh hurled the stone at Balor, killing him. The Fomorians were thus defeated.
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.