The Four Mystic Treasures of the Shee

Daphne Allen



This evocative illustration from Daphne Allen was exhibited at the Burlington Gallery in May 1937.


It was among a series of illustrations inspired by Gaelic legends. In this particular image, Allen has depicted the immortal

race of the Tuatha de Danaan coming to Earth bringing four treasures - the Stone of Destiny, the Fiery Spear of the Sun

God, the Sword (or 'Glaive of Light') of the Sun God and the Cauldron of Abundance (sometimes called the Cup of

Healing and Friendship).


In later mythology, those treasures became symbols of a more mystical nature. The Stone acquired a dual symbolism,

sometimes regarded as a Crystal of Vision and Wisdom. The Spear and Sword were signs of Light and Strength, as opposed

to Darkness and Evil and - in still later legend - the sword appears again as Arthur's 'Excalibur'. The Cauldron becomes 'The

Cup of Healing and the Fulfilment of Heart's Desire' and its original somewhat homely virtue of providing inexhaustible

food and drink becomes a symbol that ends up as the Grail of Arthurian legend.


Those treasures came from the immortal cities at the four corners of the World. After the immortals who had brought

them had given place to the mortals who eventually possessed the World, they dwelt in the hills and became known as

the Sidhe (Shee), the fairy-folk.



Full Image

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Detail (for reference)

Reproduction on 8x12" sheet

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Reproduction on 12x18" sheet

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