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Columba Tile - PatriArts Gallery

Columba Tile

  • 4200

St. Columba
(or Colmcille, Columcille, Colm or Colum)
Feast Day: June 9

Patron Saint of Poets, Publishers, Princes, Priests, Warriors, Diplomats, Scholar, and Sailors 
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Actual size: 6" x 8" x 1/4" thick

Signed and dated; wire hanger is attached to the back. The tiles can also be mounted permanently on a wall, as with any ceramic tile. (Let us know if you don't want the wire hanger on the back.) 

The symbolic imagery:
Colmcille rests in front of his monastery at Iona (not as it looked in his day, but a few centuries later). In the distant background is the sea and a coracle sails off (borrowed from St. Brendan's anachron.) A book is open at his feet and a faithful shepherd dog keeps watch. The border is formed by images inspired by the Book of Kells and a dove soars over all. The tartan pattern is an interpretation, created by combining adaptations of the Malcolm clan and St. Colmcille.

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