3781 – Goddess Morrigan plate
- Physical description:
- Black plate with raven, Celtic knotwork and Goddess. Some parts of the plate varnished, others matt.
- Museum classification:
- 21cm diameter
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Morrígan ("phantom queen") or Mórrígan ("great queen"), also written as Morrígu or in the plural as Morrígna, and spelt Morríghan or Mór-ríoghain in Modern Irish, is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have been considered a goddess, although she is not explicitly referred to as such in the texts.
The Morrígan is a goddess of battle, strife, and sovereignty. She sometimes appears in the form of a crow, flying above the warriors, and in the Ulster cycle she also takes the form of an eel, a wolf and a cow. She is generally considered a war deity comparable with the Germanic Valkyries, although her association with a cow may also suggest a role connected with wealth and the land.
She is often depicted as a trio of goddesses, all sisters,[ although membership of the triad varies; the most common combinations are Badb, Macha and Nemain, or Badb, Macha and Anand; Anand is also given as an alternate name for Morrigu. Other accounts name Fea, and others.
For the connection between the Morrigan and Morgan Le Fay see http://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk/object/witch-picture-45/
- Pottery with black and silver oxidisation glaze
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