The Boat that Rocked the Druids

23 Jul

Today I had the opportunity to visit the National Museum of Ireland. As I ventured through the museum, one particular piece caught my eye. That piece would be this is boat, which managed to take up almost an entire wall span. The object is scientifically called a log boat. It was a wood looking structure seemed to be carved out. The inside of the boat was very smooth looking, compared to the structures natural tree bark exterior. I am unsure if this object was a replica of a boat of this time period, but color is a very unusual grey color. Coincidently, the boat was from an oak tree, and the significance of this particular to Irish culture was important. Although this piece dates back to Earlier Bronze Age (2500 BC), the druid was a translation and symbol of the oak tree. Oak also resembles great durability, purity, and consistency. Since the Bronze age was a period where the Irish flourished in the metal industry, it made sense for the Irish to use the same skillsets learned from metal on other medium, such as wood. This object showcases the potential and experimentation of materials they made. Throughout the middle of the museum there was a whole selection of bronze jewelry work done in the Bronze Age. It made sense to surround the Ireland’s best skillset of that time with other objects they also could make and had great success with. For instance the jewelry used hammering, “carving, and” techniques to achieve the various patterns and shapes. It is assumed that in order to make the log boat those techniques were taken into consideration. Druids were one of our discussion topics that I had gravitated towards the most. I was glad that I was able to see this log boat and conduct further research on it.

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