Irish Castle or Tower House.
|The original of this tower house was carved in wonderful
detail from hard carving wax and then cast in cold bronze. The
Ballybeg Village artist - who has trained in Irish archaeology -
incorporated many of the features of Irish tower Houses including the
crenellations (battlements), loop windows, roof style, chimney,
machicolation (the protrusion from the wall through which defenders poured
oil and shot arrows and muskets balls). The widening of the base of
the castle is called 'batter'. This served many purposes. The
batter obviously gave great strength to the castle and was the foundation
upon which such a huge structure was built. It also made undermining
the walls by attackers less probable. And yet another reason for the
batter was that rocks dropped from the top of the castle would bounce from
the batter and outwards at any attackers foolhardy enough to approach the
This miniature Irish Tower House from Ballybeg Village is cast in Cold Cast Bronze. It boasts many of the features of real Irish Castle/Tower Houses.
No longer available but shown here as an item of interest.
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