Silver Ogham 'Hope' Pendant

Regular price 54.500 Ft

About this Piece

'Dóchas' is the Gaelic word for 'hope', which is sculpted in sterling silver, in ancient Ogham writing - the secret writing of the Celts.

Adjustable 16/18" sterling silver chain included.

Pendant is approx. 2.2" long.

Comes boxed and gift wrapped with an information card on Ogham writing.

The perfect gift for a loved one!

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.