EUROPEAN ART GLASS SPIRIT TREE EMBOSSED LEAF "PASSION" RED WITCH BALL KUGEL
Witch Balls are hand blown glass spheres, with three to five strands inside for collecting evil spirits and the like. Each one is unique in color, strands, bubbles and size. Witch Balls were very popular in 18th century England, but their actual origin is thought to be much older. For well over 300 years, hollow glass spheres have been hung in windows to ward off witch's spells, evil spirits and ill fortune. Hanging these decorative balls in the window is thought to tantalize evil spirits which may be threatening a home's tranquility. The evil spirit is mesmerized by the ball's reflective beauty. Then the evil spirit touches the sphere and it is absorbed and trapped in the web-like strands of the glass inside the ball.
This was handmade in the Carpathian Mountains of Europe by skilled craftsmen and features an embossed leaf design enrobing the top in the "Spirit Tree" design.
It measures approximately 6" in diameter Please note that these are handmade items and each one will have slight variations but will be representative of the one in the photo.
The Spirit Tree represents spiritual sustentation. The ability to reach out and touch the heavens and the earth for light and gravity providing stability and well-being. The experience of a greater power through nature. The personal meaning that one finds within the sphere is only limited by imagination.
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