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Hexapétala Flor madera pirograbada

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This is a piece made by hand, on a chestnut wood disc, using the pyrograph technique. The disc outside is covered with the bark of the wood and measures approximately 10.5 cm in diameter by 1.5 cm thick.

The design is original -although inspired by a motif dated 1838 (approx.), carved in a piece found in Villaverde, Allande, Asturias- and it is made, as we say, by hand using pyrography.

It can be hung by a small metal piece screwed on the back, as seen in the photos.

The hexafoil are apotropaic symbols. This means that they are traditionally used for protective purposes against bad influences, such as diseases, curses, the evil eye, plagues...
In Europe it is considered that the hexafoil may have a Celtic origin, as a solar symbol, but we can find evidence of their use throughout history throughout the European continent, both in common objects (from spoons, salt cellars, shovels to mark the cheese, butter or bread; even chairs, chests or boxes) as well as in architectural elements, carved in vulnerable points of the house such as doors, windows, fireplaces, stairwells... All of them considered thresholds through which evil could access. With the same protective purpose, they were painted or carved in barns, granaries, stables or directly on cowbells or cattle collars.

These practices were widespread in areas ranging from the northern cornice of the Iberian Peninsula to the south of the Pyrenees, Piedmont, the Alps or Romania, for example.
There are numerous examples in Galicia and Asturias, where traditional motifs are still widely used decoratively along with triskels and spirals. They are also typical in Castilla y León, Cantabria, Navarra, the Basque Country, Huesca and the Pyrenees and north of Catalonia.

In the south of the Alps it is called "Sol ëd Alp" ("Sun of the Alps") and in Asturias "galana flower", "sestafueya", "rosette" or "star", referring to the Sun.

Other places where hexafoil rosettes can be found in abundance are the British Isles and later (carried by settlers) the United States, especially on the East Coast and Midwest.
In Anglo-Saxon culture, they are known as "hexafoils", "Daisy Wheels" or "witch mark".

For more information about this symbol you can go through this entry on my blog.