A symbol of night and wisdom
Each tiny hand cast narradores solid silver bead has been based on a symbol from the ancient Moche civilization which flourished on the north coastal regions of Peru between AD100 and AD800.
The Moche left a vivid artistic record of their beliefs and activities in beautifully sculpted and painted ceramic vessels, colorful wall murals, sumptuous textiles, and superbly crafted objects of gold, silver and copper.
This unusual hand cast silver bead is based on a traditional Moche great horned owl.
Owl symbols are often seen in Moche artistry in both metallurgy and ceramic decoration.
The owl was worshipped as a God by the Moche and was believed to be a symbol of the night, quietly and wisely watching over those in their watch both in battles and in daily life.
The ears or horns in the owl icons can be likened to the South American great horned owl (Bubo virginianus nacurutu) known today.
The decorative bead is designed to slot onto our handmade black leather straps with sterling solid silver buckle or our brown soft suede straps with nickel free zamac buckle
The narradores collection is designed by Aileen Brindle and hand-cast in solid silver by skilful artisans in Peru.
‘narradores’ only works with fair trade suppliers helping to provide a sustainable income for traditional craftspeople.