Friday, 14. September 2007
Miniature Fairy Garden Accessories
Create an enchanted portal into the world of fairies, gnomes, and magical wee garden folk with our selection of handcrafted fairy doors. Place one of these enchanted fairy doors in front of a stump, tree, or rock outcropping to create an instant fairy or gnome dwelling!
Fairies, gnomes and magical wee garden folk are naturally shy magical creatures that appreciate magical portals to pass easily through your garden undetected by human eyes.
|Believe in the magic of fairies and indulge your imagination in your outdoor enchanted miniature fairy garden. Fairies were often reported to be enchanted peaceful beings that protect humans, from illness, stress, and danger. You can't help but love the playful quality of fairies always ready to frolic and dance in your magical miniature fairy garden when no one is watching!|
There are so many things you can add to your miniature fairy garden abd magical miniature garden, it can be a bit overwhelming! We've broken down our categories into buildings, fairy garden accents, miniatures, garden decor and gifts to help you navigate our site and build the enchanted miniature garden of your dreams.
Our collection of Forest Fairy Furniture is handcrafted from scratch from natural oak harvested from our own backyard. Each piece of Forest Furniture is lovingly assembled by hand to grace your miniature garden, gnome garden or miniature fairy garden.
Lighted Fairy Houses
Traditions of Magic in Late Antiquity
Protective Magic: Amulets and Gems
Amulets -- protective devices worn around the body, or placed next to other objects, to protect them from various evils -- were common in all societies and all periods of antiquity, and their use was accepted as normal by secular, religious, and "scientific" authorities (i.e., the physicians). Almost anything could serve as an amulet -- a red string wound around the wrist, a stone carried in a small pouch around the neck, or a piece of iron tied to one's bed. Such amulets could be prepared at home, and called for no special knowledge or technical skills. Given their mundane nature, such amulets often are hard to identify -- for when we come across a decorated ring, for example, how can we tell whether it was an amulet or merely a piece of jewelry?
While many bowls show little sign of outside influence, others display the well-known motifs of "international" magic -- common divine names, familiar voces magicae, and symbols such as the ouroboros or the characteres.
Protective Magic: Babylonian Demon Bowls
|Within the wide category of protective magic, one local tradition stands out as unique, namely the so-called Babylonian demon bowls. |
These inscribed earthenware vessels were found in several sites in Iraq and Iran, dating from the 6th to the 8th centuries A.D. and are unknown outside that region. They are normally inscribed in one of three Aramaic dialects -- Jewish-Aramaic, Syriac, and Mandaic -- though some bowls are known which are inscribed in Persian (Pehlevi). The form and direction of the writing varies -- the most common form being spirals, beginning from the bowl's rim and moving toward the center. Some bowls are inscribed on the outside as well as the inside.
Moreover, numerous bowls are inscribed in various pseudo-scripts, either because the person who manufactured them was illiterate, or because the text itself was deemed only a secondary component of the bowl, and could be recited orally, or dispensed with altogether.
Magic played several important roles in ancient life, and many magical texts have survived on papyrus. This popular exhibit examines these ancient, mystical traditions:
Traditions of Magic in Late Antiquity
by the University of Michigan Library.
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