Fled Bricrenn is rich in its descriptions of finery. In its feasting halls, heroes and horse harness, detail is embelished with vivid detail. Our text is, of course largely ninth century CE but the story telling recalls an earlier heroic age of epic deeds. It is possible to identify memories of a mthologised pre-christian world throughout the story.
I thought it might be interesting to provide a small gallery of items from the 1st -2nd century CE as well as the 7th – 9th century, closer to the date of the text.
And my special favourite, the very local to us, Keshcarrigan bowl
Horse harness from this period can be equally elaborate.
For comparison, here are a few items from a date closer to the date of our text.
Around seven hundred years or so separate the creation of some of these highly decorated items and yet they each demonstrate a unity of style, and above all, perhaps, an artisic integrity also inherent in the saga itself.