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Luckenbooth

This is a contemporary sculpture based on early Celtic & Pictish rock-art carvings and depicts a Luckenbooth brooch design re-worked as a stone carving

Luckenbooth is a Scots word for a lockable stall or workshop, particular to Edinburgh and gives its name to this Scottish symbol. The Luckenbooth brooch is a traditional Scottish love-token that is exchanged between lovers as a betrothal or wedding brooch. The intertwining hearts of the design are evidence of this and the crown is symbolic of Mary Queen of Scots. On the birth of a child, the couple would pin the brooch onto the baby’s clothing to protect it from harm. It was known as a “Witch Brooch” by people using it to save children from the “evil eye” and to keep them from being stolen by fairies.

One legend of the luckenbooth is that it was a symbol of love and devotion given by Mary Queen of Scots to Lord Darnley. Another legend is that it was an engagement brooch given to her by the Dauphin of France, whom she eventually married.

Hand painted. Resin cast reproduction of Stuart Fellowes’ original sculpture.

Size: H=180mm W=190mm

W06 Luckenbooth

£ 23.00

Luckenbooth detail