Saint Manchan's Shrine

The links below will provide an overview of the metalsmithing techniques used to create Saint Manchan's Shrine.

Lost Wax Casting

Fire Gilding




Die Forming


Assembly of Saint Manchan's Shrine

Illustration; Uto Hogerzeil

Colour illustration of metalsmiths assembling Saint Manchan's Shrine

Before the conquest, there was no feeling that the craftsman as inferior to the intellectual: no patronising of the gifted of the hands by those endowed with the gifts of the intellect. All such talents derived from the same God….

C.R. Dodwell 1982 

Metalsmithing Techniques in Twelfth Century Ireland