Kennys, Galway, where purchased by the present owner in 1992
The Galway Arts Festival, John Behan 1960-1994, 12 - 24 July 1994 (illustrated p.23 in the exh. cat.)
Cú Chulainn is the hero of the ancient saga Táin Bó Cuailnge, the oldest vernacular epic in western literature. This ancient tale is the centre of the Ulster Cycle of stories. Cú Chulainn is the invincible, unbeatable warrior who will remain alive until the Morrigan - the crow Goddess and fatal to all she touches - lands on his shoulder.
Some dust has gathered in the crevices, otherwise the work appears in very good overall condition, securely supported on its base. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."