This item is (1) one approximately 4" Diameter Round Clear Glass with "Caramel
Tree" Hanging Glass Ball a.k.a Witch Ball.
These are great window hangings. There's a glass loop on top for hanging.
String not included.Each piece is unique, so you're getting a style, not an
exact duplicate of the one in the photo. Most of the color in these is near
the bottom and in the tree "branches".
There may be more or less of one color or another than the above photos, the
pattern of the colors may be heavier or lighter than the photos, the "tree" may
have different colors (from above list) than the one shown in the photo and may
not look as much like a "tree" than a shrub, etc. The name "Tree" is meant to
be artistic and subjective...shrubs are still trees.
Any questions just ask.
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These are also knows as "Witch Balls", and here's what Wikipedia has to say
A witch ball is a hollow sphere of plain or stained glass hung in cottage
windows in 18th century England to ward off evil spirits, witch's spells or ill
fortune, though the witch ball actually originated among cultures where witches
were considered a blessing and these witches would usually "enchant" the balls
to enhance their potency against evils. Later, they were often posted on top of
a vase or suspended by a cord (as from the mantelpiece or rafters) for a
decorative effect. Witch balls appeared inAmerica in the 19th century and are
often found in gardens under the namegazing balls. However, gazing balls
contain no strands within their interior.
According to folk tales, witch balls would entice evil spirits with their
bright colours; the strands inside the ball would then capture the spirit and
prevent it from escaping.
Witch balls sometimes measure as large as 7 inches (18 cm) in diameter. The
witch ball is traditionally, but not always, green or blue in color and made
from glass (others, however, are made of wood, grass, or twigs instead of
glass). Some are decorated in enameled swirls and brilliant stripes of various
colors. The gazing balls found in many of today's gardens are derived from the
silvered witch balls that acted as convex mirrors, warding off evil by
reflecting it away.
Because they look similar to the glass balls used on fishing nets, witch balls
are often associated with seasuperstitions and legends. In the Ozark Mountains,
a witch ball is made from black hair that is rolled with beeswax into a hard
round pellet about the size of a marble and is used in curses. In Ozark folklore
a witch that wants to kill someone will take this hair ball and throw it at
the intended victim; it is said that when someone in the Ozarks is killed by a
witch's curse, this witch ball is found near the body.
The word witch ball may be a corruption of watch ball because it was used as a
guard of evil spirits.
It is sometimes claimed that the modern Christmas ornament is descended from
the witch ball. The ornament was allegedly originally placed on the tree to
dispel a visitor’s envy at the presents left beneath the tree. However as the
modern Christmas bauble's origins are documented in Lauscha, Germany, in 1847,
the provenance of this claim is debatable."
Yes, these are made in China and you will have to remove the little "made in
China" sticky tags and may also have to rinse these before displaying. No soap
necessary, we washed 100's and hot water is all you will need.