Watcher of the Dark Necklace
This cute owl has been adorned with small black crystals to make him sparkle and shine.
Owls have been both feared and venerated, despised and admired, considered wise and foolish, and associated with witchcraft and medicine, the weather, birth and death.
In early Indian folklore, Owls represent wisdom and helpfulness, and have powers of prophecy. This theme recurs in Aesop's fables and in Greek myths and beliefs.
By the Middle Ages in Europe, the Owl had become the associate of witches and the inhabitant of dark, lonely and profane places, a foolish but feared spectre.
An Owl's appearance at night, when people are helpless and blind, linked them with the unknown, its eerie call filled people with foreboding and apprehension: a death was imminent or some evil was at hand.
During the eighteenth century the zoological aspects of Owls were detailed through close observation, reducing the mystery surrounding these birds.
With superstitions dying out in the twentieth century - in the West at least - the Owl has returned to its position as a symbol of wisdom.