The iconic adaptation of the celtic myth surrounding the Children of Lir beautifully crafted in cold cast bronze by Genesis fine arts.
The story is as follows:
King lir and Queen Aoibh had four children, Fionnuala, Aodh, Fiachra and Con, who all had beautiful voices. Their mother the Aoibh, the Queen, had died. Lir and children were distraught, and Lir wanted a new mother for his young sons and daughter. He married Aoibh’s sister Aoife who, it was said, possessed magical powers. She was jealous of the time Lir spent with his children, but knew that if she were to kill them, their ghosts would haunt her forever. One day, she took the children to swim in a lake while sun was hot in the sky. When they got there and the children took to water, Aoife used her powers to cast a spell over children, turning them into swans. They were to spend 900 years as swans; three hundred on Lake Derravaragh, three hundred on Straits of Moyle, and three hundred more on Isle of Inish Glora. The spell would only be broken when a church bell rang at the end of the curse. But Aoife’s spell had not taken away children’s voices, and so it was that these four beautiful swans could sing beautiful songs, and were able to tell their father what had happened to them. Lir, who had been searching for his children, came down to lake and saw Fionnuala, now a swan, who told him of the spell cast on them by Aoife. Enraged, he banished Aoife into the mist, and she was never seen again. As the years went by, the king passed away and the children were left to finish out their cursed time. After many years, they heard the holy bells ring. Following the sound, the children were brought to the house of a holy man, Caomhóg, who cared for them in their final years. One day as the bell tolled, a mist appeared and the spell was broken. The children aged rapidly, and knowing they would soon die, Caomhóg christened them so that their legend could live on. That night Caomhóg dreamed of four swans flying up through the clouds and he knew the children of Lir were at last on their way to be with their mother and father again.
|Measurements||12" x 5.5"|