This item sold on March 20, 2011.
It is made in the ancient Celtic technique of champleve with cloisonne details. It is made with copper and vitreous enamel, which has been fired from 5 to 7 times. It is enameled on the back (counter-enamelled) and signed.
It is thought that the early Celts held trees in special esteem. The druids were believed to worship in oak groves and many tribes had a tutelary tree called the bile. The letters of the Ogham alphabet and the months of the Celtic year were named after trees. (ref: Robert Graves, "The White Goddess")
Rowan is the tree of life, the quickbeam. It was a tree of protection and of quickening. It was put to oracular use, probably from very early times, since there is an especial abundance of rowan trees around megalithic monuments and other sacred places. Its Gaelic name is Luis.
The piece is 1 1/2" in diamenter. A necklace attachment can be made so that it can also be worn hanging