Wild Goose Studio - Harp of Ireland Bronze Wall Plaque - Boxed.
From early times to the end of the 19th Century Ireland is unique in having a musical instrument, the harp, as its national emblem.
From antiquity to its decline in the early nineteenth century the harp was at the social centre of Ireland. Up to at least the seventeenth century harpists enjoyed a high status among all other musicians and in society.
In the turbulent seventeenth century traditional musicians were outlawed or at least required a magistrate's permission to travel. However, new settlers in the country fell into the Irish pattern of cultivating the harp and its music. With the disappearance of the old Gaelic society traditional harpers became itinerant musicians travelling from one patron's house to another to earn a living. Carolan is a typical example of this and is often called the last of the Irish bards.
Cast by hand at The Wild Goose Studio, Kinsale, County Cork.
Comes ready to hang
On the back of each piece there is a label that explains it's origins and significance, so that you can understand the imagination that lies behind it.
6" x 6" x 1/2"