Friday, September 09, 2016

The Evil Eye

This stained glass panel measures 31.50 X 8.50. The glass in this piece is exquisite. The amber has a mixture of orange, hot pink and purple, the most costly colors along with red. It’s only produced once a year and rather hard to come by. No two pieces are the same as it is hand blown. A lovely splash of color at the top of a window that sends dancing light around the room.
There are approximately 150 pieces of glass in this panel. Each piece of glass is hand cut, ground for precision and to accept the copper foil, which is hand wrapped and burnished. When all pieces are assembled correctly, it is then lead soldered, framed with zinc, cleaned, patina in black or copper is applied and finally the window is waxed and chain applied for hanging.

The Evil Eye
The concept of the evil eye is widespread in Mediterranean countries, with its roots planted in ancient Greece. It is mentioned or discussed in many ancient texts including the Old Testament, Talmudic literature and the Koran. The idea is that the gaze of someone who harbors feelings of envy or jealousy can bring misfortune upon the one who is seen -- the one who "gets the evil eye."

The depiction of an eye is used as protection by those who believe in the evil eye, to fight fire with fire, so to speak. Those who display an eye as a talisman 
hope that its power will counteract or ward off the evil eye, whenever it should fall on them.

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