this pendant was influenced by a trip to Italy. a place where paintings & sculptures of predatory birds, mythological creatures, & serpents fill courtyards & cover buildings. where visual interpretations are so part of the environment that what is imagined takes on a life of its own—implying that the imaginary is—real.

to see more of this influence, see my illustration post from leaves_wings about the grotesque ornament.

 

grotesque ornament pendant with eagle

bird of prey pendant

sea creature back of pendant

clasp of sea creature pendant