Reimagined Components: Dragon facsimile Chinese coin with feather and arrow strung on brown leather in bolo-esque style. 24" to the coin and 32" to the bolo ends.
1888's Take: I find Chinese characters fascinating and beautiful. Each distinct aspect of every character represents separate elements of the complete intended meaning. So, the complete character is a combination of meanings that serve as symbolic representations of the whole that the mind can use to automatically translate into a fully formed object, person, description ect. Slow down and think of how many other things around us we group together in this way without thinking. When we see a house we think, "Thats a house." In reality it's a roof, dozens of trees cut into strips, stones and mortar, paint carefully applied one stroke at a time and so on and so on..."
My Mother always said that if you find a feather it’s a symbol that you are on your true path, you should pick it up & keep it for luck on your journey. Commonly has represented everything from the center of the cosmos to luck. Used in countless cultures around the globe for rituals, ceremonies, as a status symbol or even a plain ol' writing tool the feather can also be a symbol of versatility. The Navajo Indians used hawk and eagle feathers to make their “Headdress of feathers”. Only warriors who had displayed extraordinary bravery were allowed to wear it. In the stories created by our jewelry, 1888's feathers represent freedom & the need to soar towards passion.Oh, & a little good luck never hurts.
An arrow knows where it will land the moment it is let loose. Once the archer releases, there is no second chance. At birth we all begin a journey with our inner arrow guiding the way, so follow your arrow, feel the wind in your hair & enjoy the ride!
In many cultures, the dragon's fierce, majestic presence makes it a symbol of virtuous qualities, such as bravery, intelligence, and ambition. Interestingly, Celtic Dragons were thought to be wingless creatures more like giant serpents that carved large lines in the earth. These lines were thought to be heavily charged with energy and may very well be places of ancestral worship because of their heightened electromagnetic energies.
The Chinese culture sees them as a deeply spiritual creature that brings good luck and prosperity.
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