The Morrigan. Celtic goddess of war and destruction. by Paulnixonart

The Morrigan. Celtic goddess of war and destruction.

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Added: Aug 18, 2015
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Having grown up in Ireland and being heavily influenced by its mythology I was inspired to carve this sculpture depicting the Morrigan, meaning Great Queen. She is known as the goddess of war and destruction. The primary themes associated with the Morrígan are battle, strife, and sovereignty. Her role often involves premonitions of a particular warrior's violent death, suggesting a link with the Banshee of later folklore. In certain areas of Ireland this supernatural being is, in addition to the name banshee, also called the Badhb. Her role was to not only be a symbol of imminent death, but to also influence the outcome of war. Most often she did this by appearing as a crow flying overhead and would either inspire fear or courage in the hearts of the warriors. There are also a few rare accounts where she would join in the battle itself as a warrior and show her favoritism in a more direct manner. My unique sculpture carved out of poplar wood and burnished with gesso catches the Morrigan in her transformation.

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