Grá (Love) Ogham Plaque


The Ogham inscription for the Irish word Grá, meaning Love

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A piece of grey tint acrylic is laser cut and engraved with the chosen design. It is fixed to a beautiful hand-cut piece of natural slate, measuring 375 x 150mm (15 x 6″) and is fixed at the back with a rope for hanging.

Ogham is an Early Medieval 25-letter alphabet supposedly inspired by Ogma, god of eloquence. Also written as ogam or ogum, it is pronounced “AHG-m” or “OH-ehm.” It was used primarily to write the Old Irish language and was carved and read from bottom to top.

The earliest inscriptions date to about the 4th century AD. Current understanding is that the names of the main twenty letters are also the names of 20 trees sacred to the druids. The letters consist of one to five perpendicular or angled strokes, meeting or crossing a centre line.

There are roughly 400 surviving Ogham inscriptions on stone monuments throughout Ireland and western Britain; the bulk of them are in the south of Ireland, in Counties Kerry, Cork and Waterford. The vast majority of the inscriptions consist of personal names and marks possibly indicating land ownership.

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