Of all interlace patterns, the double knotwork pattern is the oldest repeating pattern in art history.
It represents balance; two halves of a whole and eternity. From the twin snakes of the Caduceus to the DNA double Helix, the image of two lines intertwined suggests two parts making up one. The image on this ring design was inspired by an early Celtic Flagon from the beginning of the Iron Age in Europe. The flask was made of bronze, however what made it Celtic was the detail of the animals on it, a bird and wolf. The simple spiral on the ears of the animals make the design distinctive. The Double Loveknot is found at the base of the vessel and was enameled at one time as well. At the terminals of this design I add a triskele knot to represent good luck and eternity.
A Double Loveknot represents symmetry, balance and heredity (family).
The Bazze Yutz Celtic Flagon from eastern France c450BCE. Note the double loveknot enameled at its base.
R523 – 7mm
R187 – 5mm
R188 – 10mm