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Práta Reliquary
Práta Reliquary
Original assemblage 21.5” x 13” pine box, polymer clay beads, wire, acrylic, red velvet fabric, wax paper. Russary Length 25.5” (Original not for sale)
The burnt umber stained exterior of the reliquary box is unadorned, not revealing the beauty that awaits the viewer inside.
The inside of the reliquary box is ornate. The door is reminiscent of the Celtic Christian's illuminated texts, such as the “Book of Kells", with Práta Slánaitheoir (Potato Savior) painted in elaborate Celtic lettering.
The reliquary box houses a large “Russary”, hand crafted potato shaped polymer beads containing the proper amount and formation as a Catholic Rosary, nestled in a bed of red velvet.
Just after constructing this assemblage, I read that 2008 was designated the “International Year of the Potato” by the United Nations. The mission of this noble distinction was to highlight the potato’s importance as an inexpensive and nutritional food source in an effort to save lives from poverty and hunger. I began to think about this in the context of my family’s Irish history.
The harsh penal codes enacted in Ireland in 1695 against the Irish Catholics left them unable to practice their religion as well as striping them of their land and livestock, leaving them the potato as the main food source.

Práta Slánaitheoir ©2005 Pegeen Shean
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Deepti Munshaw commented on February 25, 2012 3:41pm
beautiful!
Pegeen Shean commented on February 25, 2012 10:24pm
Thank you Deepti!
Andre Villanueva commented on March 7, 2012 5:34pm
Very nice!
Pegeen Shean commented on March 7, 2012 5:50pm
Thanks Andre I appreciate your visits and comments!
RiversAreDeep commented on March 29, 2012 12:01pm
Interesting!
Pegeen Shean commented on March 29, 2012 3:33pm
Thank you RiverAreDeep much appreciated!