Many of the creatures in the DM Collection prefer to emerge in the gentler light of the moon. Four animals are portrayed in our Nocturnal Collection, which sees them transformed into mysterious, beautiful and wise companions for their daytime selves.
The moon is a truly powerful force. Astronomy shows us that the sun is dominant and the moon's light is nothing more than a reflection. However, in other cultures (such as Inuit legends) the moon is the stronger power who chases the sun from the sky every night. Despite not emitting its own light, the strength of the moon's power over Earth is well established. The moon governs the tidal forces of the oceans. It affects the behaviour of animals, including humans. Our erratic behaviour under a full moon is encapsulated in the English language as 'lunacy', based on the Latin word for moon - luna.
Yet the night is also associated with wisdom and intelligence, particularly with those creatures included in the DM Nocturnal Collection. Athena the Greek goddess of reason's symbolic animal is the nocturnal owl. The Japanese nocturnal Kitsune (fox) grows multiple tails until it achieves untold wisdom with its ninth. In Bulgarian legend, the hedgehog's wisdom saves the world from starvation: he counsels the sun against marriage as, if she had lots of sun-children, their heat would leave the earth scorched and barren. The cat is associated with Isis, Egyptian goddess of wisdom, though its intelligence is seen more as cunning or trickery in European fables.
The DM Nocturnal Collection taps into the night's sense of mystery and magical power. Our daytime hedgehog's grassy clovered spines become a blackberry briar on his nocturnal brother. The moonlit woodland portrayed in both the nocturnal Owl and Fox is enchanted by a tiny tree dweller, who has shut his miniature door to the night. The night time Cat is inspired by the cunning of Puss in Boots, depicted with his Italian giardino.
Amidst richly detailed folklore, this Collection also reminds us simply that moon light is beautiful. All our nocturnal creatures are flecked with a soft golden glow, shimmering against deepest midnight blue.
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Written in ‘The Annals of Five Emperors’, during the reign of Emperor Huang, some 4000 years ago, it is said that the mighty ruler would keep Giant Pandas for the purpose of fighting. In an ancient Chinese legend, again dating back some 4000 years, it tells of how a tribal leader named Huangdi once wielded wild animals to defeat a neighbouring tribe. Amongst the fearsome animals who bravely went into battle were leopards, tigers… and Pand
So this one has been a long time coming! All the paints out of the tin for this one! It took a long time and I was glad when it was done!