About this Piece
A lovely gift for someone's home or indeed a great cup for drinking some quality wine. Made by Mullingar Pewter in the midlands of Ireland, every side of this Irish handcrafted beaker is etched with the story of one of Irelands great mythical heros. The beaker is polished on the inside while the outside is hand turned on top and base with the center darkened to highlight the scenes on the three sides.
This elaborately handcrafted beaker features embossed scenes of the legendary Queen Maeve (Medb in the Old Irish spelling), the warrior queen of Connacht from the Iron Age who is shrouded in myth, with folklorists suggesting that she may have been a sovereignty goddess. The goblet illustrates moments from the most famous tale surrounding her, the Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), an epic from the Ulster Cycle where Queen Maeve launches a war to capture a bull in order to demonstrate her supreme wealth - a war which at one point pits her against the fabled warrior Cúchulainn.
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.