I recently moved to Ireland from the west coast of the United States. I am posting photos of the wild and wonderful things I encounter.
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Moylough Belt Shrine
I found this belt in the National Museum of Ireland and I really liked the design. Well, the buckle anyway, the entire belt is metal. That might be uncomfortable to wear around town. The museum had a great collection of ecclesiastical metalwork. These are church-related items--not crucifixes--that were meant to be worshipped. For example we saw items of clothing and representations of body parts all done up with jewels and intricate metalwork. There is an ornamental prosthetic arm done in silver and bronze. We saw a jewelled slipper that was labelled as a shrine to the shoe of Saint Brigid. Why Brigid's shoe is important is beyond me? It must have been part of some parable. The belt's display tag says:
Bronze and silver belt shrine Moylough Co. Sligo 8th century AD