image Lorenzo Ridolfi
The Irish-Celtic god of the earth and treaties, and ruler over life and death. Daghda, or The Dagda, (“the good god”) is one of the most prominent gods and the leader of the Tuatha Dé Danann. He is a master of magic, a fearsome warrior and a skilled artisan.
The Daghda is a son of the goddess Danu, and father of the goddess Brigid and the god Aengus mac Og. The Morrigan is his wife, with whom he mates on New Years Day He is portrayed as possessing both super- human strength and appetite.
His attributes are a cauldron with an inexhaustible supply of food, a magical harp with which he summons the seasons, and an enormous club, with one end of which he could kill nine men, but with the other restore them to life. He also possessed two miraculous swine—-one always roasting, the other always growing and trees continuously laden with fruit.
One of his epithets is Ollathir, which means “All-father”. He is identified with the Welsh Gwydion and the Gallic Sucellos.
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The Hunterston Brooch ~
This famous early brooch with panels of gold filigree combining Celtic and Anglo-Saxon styles was made in the west of Scotland or Ireland around 700 AD.
This piece was found in 1830 on the Hunterston Estate in Ayrshire. It is a masterpiece of craft skills, and would have been worn by powerful nobles or clerics. Its style is typical of the region, combining Celtic and Anglo-Saxon influences.
It is made of silver, richly decorated with amber settings and panels of filigree goldwork representing interlaced beasts. The back has gilded interlaced decoration.
It had a long life, falling into the hands of Vikings around AD 1000 - a runic inscription on the back reads ‘Melbrigda owns this brooch’…