The Celts believed snakes were the keepers of secrets, and that they slithered deep into the earth so that they could keep them safe.
Just over 2” long (52mm), this pin is available in both bronze and sterling silver.
The European viper, or adder, was common in the cool climates of the ancient Celtic people. They enjoyed watching a snake work to shed his skin, then slither away leaving a form of himself behind while he progressed forward with a new fresh version of himself. To ancient Celts, each time a snake shed its skin, it appeared to have been reborn anew. There are numerous representations of snakes and serpents in Celtic artwork, including the later Christian manuscript art produced by Irish monks.