Think you have issues with your daddy?
This large vase, called ‘The Eye of Balor’, tells the tale of an Irish giant, a prophecy, his captive daughter, some serious control issues, a late night rendezvous and a whole lot of famillicide!
According to Irish legend . . .
A race of giants, the Fomorians, were said to be among the early settlers of Ireland. They even had their own king, Balor. Balor was no ordinary giant king, as he was also the god of death.
Balor would have been an unwelcome patient at an optometrist’s office. He only had one eye. Imagine the frustration of trying to fit a pair of glasses for him. This would be the least of the eye doctor’s problems though, as whoever was caught in his gaze would die instantly.
Fortunately, giants weren’t big on seeing eye doctors.
And Balor kept his single eye closed until this terrible power was needed. Maybe he had a cool eye patch?
According to the prophecy, Balor would be killed by his own grandson. What was a giant cyclops to do? Imprison his own daughter in a crystal tower of course! That way she can never have any babies and the prophecy would be thwarted.
A crystal tower apparently does not make a great prison. Cian, a minor god was able to find a way into the tower and Balor’s daughter found her self with child not long after. Imagine getting pregnant with triplets from your first sexual experience? That is what happened to Balor’s daughter, Ethlinn.
It seems she had terrible luck.
Balor heard about the birth of his three grandsons – But rather than passing out cigars he threw them into the sea.
One boy Lugh was able to escape his watery grave by finding refuge with Manannan Mac Lir, the god of the sea. The prophecy finally played when Lugh led the Tuatha De Danann (a race of Irish gods) into a battle where Balor would meet his fate.
Death by removal of his one eye.
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Your work is SO beautiful.
Thank you for your kind comment Ben! So glad you like the works and I hope you are keeping safe and well 🙏
Amazing history or folk tales either way it makes for great story telling! The Eye 👁 of Balor, Woohoo 🎉
Thanks! I am glad there are no Fomorians around now! They sounded scary with being giants with one eye and throwing their relatives into the sea!
Thank ya for the support and keep working hard Woohoo 🙌
Love the pairing of the vase and the myth! Beautiful colors and wonderful myth.
Thank you AJ! I was excited to put them together! Just had to find the right fit!
Wow! Beautiful! I’ve heard of Balor in my many readings of mythologies (I absolutely love the ancient stories.)!
Thank you for your kind comment! I hope this vase does Balor justice, especially since he cannot see it without eyes! 🙏 Keep well!
Interesting story told in a very interesting way.
Thank you LuAnne! So glad that you like it. Keep well!
I’ll take a pass on meeting up with the Giant King, but this vase would look great in my china hutch!
I can help you with the hutch part anyway! No giant king included (thankfully)
Well…Long live his innovative way.
Hmm, seems like Balor would have done better keeping his daughter near him and his dangerous eye. Thanks for sharing this cool story and your fascinating vase!