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Kells Bird Ornament


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The Book of Kells, a large format manuscript codex of the Latin text of the Gospels, is generally thought to have originated at the Monastery of Iona, Scotland. About 807, after a series of devastating Viking raids, it was taken to the Monastery of Kells, Ireland. The delightful birds in this series are found scattered throughout the text; at the ends of lines or between lines. They provide color and sometimes, even humor. Peacocks and doves symbolize Christ and the incorruptibility of Christ, eagles represent the ascension of Christ.

Average Size 3" x 5"