Owl of Goddess Athena Pendant

 This is a pewter Greek Owl of Athena pendant.
It is made of lead-free and nickel-free pewter, but it has the look of aged sterling silver.
It comes with a long black cord, but can also be worn on a chain. 
The pendant measures 1 inch long and is thick and very detailed. Reminds me of a wax seal stamping.

Athena was a patron of the agricultural arts, and as a gift to mankind, she gave the Olive Tree by striking her spear into the ground. She oversaw the skill in handy crafts of women, especially spinning and weaving. Among her gifts to man were the inventions of the plow and the flute and the arts of taming animals, building ships, and making shoes. She was often associated with birds, especially the owl. According to legend, Athena was so impressed by the great wise eyes and solemn appearance of the Owl that, having banished the mischievous crow, she honored the night bird by making it her favorite among animals. As the symbol of Athena the Owl is seen as the protector and would literally accompany Greek armies to war. If an Owl flew over Greek Soldiers before a battle, they took it as a sign of victory, granted by the grace of the great Goddess Athena, herself. The Owl was used on military banners and kept an eye on Athenian trade and commerce from the reverse side of their coins. The "AOE" is short for "Athenian" or "Of Athens".
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