Created by goldsmiths in the 1st century BC, the Broighter Boat was most likely a votive offering to the sea god Manannán Mac Lir. It was found on the shores of Lough Foyle in 1896 by two men working in a field. When the plough struck something hard, they carried the muddy bundle indoors where it was washed and revealed to be a golden horde consisting of a bowl, a torc, various jewellery and the exquisite boat, just 20cm long and beautifully detailed.
As children holidaying on the shores of Lough Foyle, we were always enchanted by the tale of the Broighter Hoard dug up there in 1896. Alas despite numerous digs, our treasure hunting yield little, so as adults we decided to create our own Broighter Boat, made out of golden paper instead of actual gold! This Pop Up card is ideal for sending your treasured thoughts across land and sea.
The card is laser cut, then hand assembled (20cmx15cm).
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