The Messenger of Tethra (1910) #JohnDuncan
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This painting depicts part of the story of Tethra, a King in Celtic mythology, who sent beautiful women as messengers to entice princes. This messenger carries a branch of the Singing Tree in which three birds perch. If the branch is laid on someone’s pillow it would wake them up and force them to follow the messenger back to Tethra. The Singing Tree also acted as a talisman enabling a living person to enter the Otherworld safely. #TullieHouse
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