Our Steel Dragon evil eye bracelet is steeped in a rich and fertile history.
Cave paintings such as the breathtaking depictions of ancient animals found in Indonesia and the stenciled human hands in Cave of El Castillo in Spain
have been tentatively dated as being over 34,000 years old.
Were these paintings executed for the purpose of enhancing the artist’s spiritual abilities? Could the artist have intended to pay tribute to the sprits of the animals?
Remarkable similarities in prehistoric art from the African and South American continents can be seen in both the subject matter and the probable use of the images and artifacts in ceremonies. The earliest African art may date back to over 100,000 years ago.
Prehistoric (prior to 3,000 B.C.E.) and Ancient (3,000 B.C.E to c.400 C.E.) cultures in China and the Middle East created paintings and sculptures representing a vast variety of humans and animals.
The civilizations of the ancient Near East, (Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia) created some of the earliest anatomically accurate representations of humans and animals yet discovered.
Interestingly, these same cultures abounded with innumerable religious and spiritual ideologies, but common to most of them was the tenet that man was, at least in part, a spiritual being, and there was an aspect of life and livingness beyond the everyday tribulations connected to keeping one’s body alive despite the environment’s obvious proclivity to kill it.
Greek and Roman sculptures of mythological gods and heroes such as Poseidon, Athena, and Aphrodite are celebrated today, just as they were when they were created hundreds of years ago. Who could argue that these works of art are not aesthetically pleasing?
“Power” is defined, in general, as such an absence of external restriction and limitation that it depends only upon the inward determination of the subject, whether or not it will act.
However, one does not have to accept the premise that an ancient work of art is imbued with spiritual significance or supernatural power to agree that the artist intended for his efforts to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. While the spiritual significance or power of a physical object can be disputed, there is no question that many of these works of art can be described as beautiful.
A related mythology exists today in such characters as Black Panther, Professor Dumbledore, and Supergirl. These fictional “good guys”, and many others, were all created to showcase the embodiment of admirable human qualities and the employment of supernatural powers in the age-old conflict of good against evil.
Given the assumption that there could be something that relates to, or connects a human being’s existence to a supernatural or spiritual element in his or her life, it is not difficult to postulate a physical object that could be imbued with supernatural power. Such an object might enhance a person’s ability to survive or enhance his ability to thwart something that was detrimental to his survival.
If worn on the body, usually around the neck or the forearm, such an object is called an amulet. Webster defines “amulet” as a charm or ornament, often inscribed with a magic incantation or symbol, to aid the wearer or protect against disease or witchcraft.
Sight is often considered to be the most desirable physical sense, eclipsing taste, smell, touch, and hearing. We can assume that tens of thousands of years ago, primitive man relied primarily upon his vision for survival, and that he would not survive long without it.
Sight could also be the most important sense in symbology. In Western art, the eye is associated with extra-sensory and psychic perceptions like clairvoyance and precognition (the ability to perceive events in the future).
Almost all the cultures on this planet are replete with stories and fables depicting villains with the ability to cause some unhealthy or supernatural effect with their eyes.
Eyes can also serve a valuable literary purpose by representing the ability to see through physical objects and obstructions, or control or cause damage to enemies. Superman’s X-ray vision, Dracula’s hypnotic stare, and the fiery stare of “Big Trouble in Little China’s” Lo Pan are well-known examples.
The word “see” can also mean “understand” or “comprehend”.
In Persian and Afghan folklore, a specific kind of amulet called a “nazar” is described. The word “nazar” comes from Arabic, and describes an eye-shaped object that is professed to protect against a malicious and sinister stare from another.
Dating from the Ottoman Empire, the nazar is a common sight in Turkey, Bosnia, Greece, Armenia, and the surrounding areas, where you will find it not only in jewelry, but in offices, homes, and automobiles.
Whether or not one accepts the supernatural elements of the nazar, there’s no denying that the “evil eye” talisman or amulet is as popular today as it was a thousand years ago.
Our interpretations of this ancient work of art include a traditional glass eye as well as representations of a human blue eye and a human brown eye.
In fact, the human blue eye ring is the favorite of the artist that makes each individual piece of our jewelry!