Hiberno-Saxon or Insular Art
From the Song of Amergin
The stag symbolises majesty, and perhaps the best known reference to it could be in the Anglo-Saxon poem Bēowulf, where King Hrothgar’s hall is named Hēorot which is the Old English/Ænglisc word for Stag. The poem also includes a story about how the stag, even when hunted hard by hounds would give up his life on the bank rather than enter the watery realm of the monsters to swim to safety:
ðeah þe hæðstapa ● hundum geswenced,
heorot hornum trum, ● holtwudu sece,
feorran geflymed, ● ær he feorh seleð,
aldor on ofre, ● ær he in wille
hafelan hydan. ● Nis þæt heoru stow!
“The hart that roams the heath, when hounds have pressed him
long and hard, may hide in the forest
his antlered head; but the hart will die there
sooner than swim and save his life;
he will sell it on the brink there, for it is not a safe place” trans M Alexander (1986) p.94
This piece was designed for textiles only. Comprising of 3 separate elements: Stag, Moon Triskele and knotwork, each of which was hand painted onto Canson 220gsm paper in Sennelier inks, scanned, then processed in Photoshop to create a 1 colour design with transparency to show the shirt colour.
This design available on selected products from my Hiberno-Saxon Zazzle Store: Æthelwulf