Triskelion: Tinner’s Hares Original

Triskelion: Tinner’s Hares Original

Medium: Ink & 22 carat shell gold.

Image size: W33 x H33cm

Frame size: W57 x H57cm

Frame: Italian black wood distressed frame with gold wood inner and black mount. TruVue clarity uv glass.

Inspiration: I like a mystery and a story; especially when it has links to where I live. The Triskelion or triskeles, can be found throughout the world, throughout the ages from Neolithic to the present, from Malta (4400–3600 BCE)  to Dartmoor.  It is usually three spirals interlocked and was depicted as interlocking human legs. TheThree Hares motif is a bit of a mystery. Books have been written on the subject such as The Three Hares: A Curiosity Worth Regarding,  Greeves,Chapman, Andrew.  The motif appeared initially in sacred places from the Middle and Far East  It is also linked to Dartmoor where the it became known as the Tinner’s Hares. In the fifthteen century the Tinners were wealthy and rebuilt many of the churches on Dartmoor. The three hares were often wooden embosses on the church ceiling. If you want to know more I would recommend  The Three Hares Project or read much more on the wonderful website: Legendary Dartmoor.There are numerous interpretations. You will have to make up your own minds, as I don’t believe there is a definitive answer to the mystery..

The three hares share three ears but it looks as they have each of their own. I included the Celtic knotting to reflect the Celtic belief that the symbol represents the spiritual, physical and celestial world. Transforming the knotting into more natural forms – like branches also linked it to nature. The gold was 22 carat shell gold which was used by monks on illustrated manuscripts. The verdigris colour in the centre reflects copper which was mined across Dartmoor.


Sorry this piece is now sold. Limited editions are still available.