About this Piece
This set of 4 placemats is inspired by Celtic folklore. The tree of life is a significant symbol in ancient Irish stories - some say that if you fall asleep beneath an oak you will awaken among the fairy...
51cm x 36cm.
The Celtic Tree of Life
Known as 'crann bethadh' to the ancient Celts, the Tree of Life (and its many variations across ancient cultures) represented rebirth and resilience, as well as balance and harmony, as symbolized by its branches rising towards the heavens and its roots descending into the earth. Whenever land was cleared to make way for a new farm or settlement, one large tree would be left alone in the middle as a sacred focal point (thus, cutting down an enemy's tree would be a huge blow to them). While trees provided resources and shelter, they were also a doorway to the spirit world.