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Knowth - mug
  • Knowth - mug
  • Knowth - mug

Knowth - mug


Knowth, the Macehead and the Cailleach Buí.

Perhaps more mysterious than her more famous sister passage grave of Newgrange, Knowth, dating from over 5000 years ago, is home to a quarter of all the Neolithic art of Western Europe. It has two passages, on opposite sides and is surrounded by 18 smaller satellite mounds. One of the most famous discoveries at Knowth, is the Macehead. Although small (7.9cm), the Macehead, made from flint, shows a remarkable level of craftsmanship made with precision tools. There are many mythical characters associated with Knowth and one of the most famous is Buí. Buí was married to the God Lugh and an earth Goddess. It is said she was a manifestation of the Caileach Beara, one of the oldest mythological figures in Irish folklore. It is also told, in one legend, that she is buried beneath the mound at Knowth. In this illustration we see the Goddess Buí, her body and being part of the landscape she protects, presenting the Macehead while in the foreground we see examples of just a few of the art on the stones at this ancient site.

Illustration from an original by Margaret McKenna


Dimension (L x W x H) 105 x 105 x 115 Millimetre
Weight 350 Gram