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Carved Bone Pendant, Fairy
The term of Fairy has meanings associated with magical creatures with human appearance, small stature, magical powers, and a penchant for trickery. At other times it has been used to describe any magical creature, such as goblins and gnomes. Fairy has at times been used as an adjective, with a meaning equivalent to "enchanted" or "magical".
- A recurring motif of legends is the need to ward off Fairies using protective charms. Common examples of such charms include church bells, wearing clothing inside out, four-leaf clover, and food. Fairies were also sometimes thought to haunt specific locations, and to lead travelers astray using will-o'-the-wisps.
- Fairies are generally described as human in appearance and having magical powers. Diminutive fairies of various kinds have been reported through centuries, ranging from quite tiny to the size of a human child. These small sizes could be magically assumed, rather than constant. Some smaller Fairies could expand their figures to imitate humans.
On Orkney (an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland), Fairies were described as short in stature, dressed in dark grey, and sometimes seen in armour. In some folklore, Fairies have green eyes. Some depictions of Fairies show them with footwear, others as barefoot. Wings, while common in Victorian and later artworks, are rare in folklore; Fairies flew by means of magic, sometimes perched on ragwort stems or the backs of birds. Modern illustrations often include dragonfly or butterfly wings.
- Measure Approx. 2 3/4" x 1"
- Highly skilled traditional artisan hand carving from China