Ogham 'Sláinte' (Health) Framed Gift

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About this Piece

From the Gaelic Sláinte meaning 'Health'.

This framed Ogham Wish is a beautiful gift appropriate for a number of different celebrations including housewarmings, new born baby gifts, retirements and weddings. Each individual piece is handpainted on handmade paper by Ethel Kelly in Co. Roscommon, Ireland.

Frame size: 6" x 11"

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. 

About the Maker

Ogham writing is Ireland’s ancient script, often found inscribed on standing stones and in sacred places throughout Ireland’s rural landscape. Ethel Kelly’s award winning range of hand painted Ogham Wishes continues to enchant and delight. At her traditional workshop in Knockcroghery village in County Roscommon, each Ogham piece is individually painted by Ethel on handmade paper and beautifully framed in a contemporary black wooden frame. 
While uniquely Celtic, Ogham Wishes have a universal appeal. Each Ogham gift is accompanied by an explanatory text outlining the history of Ogham writing with the Gaelic and English translations. Ogham Wishes artistically celebrates Ireland’s ancient culture and heritage, while Ogham can be used to mark almost any occasion.