Sterling Silver Bat Pendant
Íaltóc is an old Irish word for bat. Featured in many myths, legends and folklore from diverse cultures around the world, bats and are often associated with darkness, death and the supernatural.
Their dark reputation is further enhanced with their association with Halloween and Samhain, the time of year when the time of long, light days begins to draw to an end and the dark time of the year begins. It is at this time when the veil between this world and the underworld was believed to thin and a state of liminality existed. This allowed the borders to be crossed and the dead and the spirits of the underworld return to visit earth. Bats, being seen as liminal creatures, were believed to be able to cross this barrier.
Bats have had a long sinister reputation in European vampire folklore. It was from these traditions that the supernatural, blood sucking vampire bats were named. Although vampire bats have been known to attack humans and large animals it is usually not fatal, though it has been known to transmit rabies. Sometimes, as with the myth, it leaves a trademark two-pronged bite on the victim.
But never fear, my ode to these gorgeous creatures of the night is a flying fox bat. They prefer fruit and nectar to blood, so you won't receive any bites on your neck
Height: 3.8 cm (1.49in)
Width: 1.9cm (.75 in) at shoulders
Chain: 60 cm (24in)
Weight: 19.5 grams
Hallmark: London Assay Office
This pendant is normally supplied with an 24 inch belcher chain, but if you would prefer it a bit longer, please let me know.
Your pendant will arrive gift boxed.