Inspired by the image of a dog used in the book of Lindisfarne and encased in a key pattern border. Although Celtic art is essentially abstract, Celtic animal pattern portrays an integral sensitivity to natural animal form that distinguishes it from the Anglican or other Germanic styles in which it has its origin.
For the Celts, just as for us today, the dog was a symbol of the loyalty and strong bond of companionship between human and animal. The hound was used in hunting and also as a guard dog, as can be seen in the legend of Cuchulainn, a great Irish hero and defender of people and their territory.
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