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Raven Table by MobriDomble Raven Table by MobriDomble
Ravens appears in mythology in a number of cultures.

In Norse mythology they are mostly related to Odin who possessed two ravens: Huginn and Muninn, considered thought and memory respectively. They brought news to Odin and are regarded as harbingers. Odin was commonly associated with battle, war, and death. Ravens and crows are also associated with battlefields because they are seen scavenging in the wake of human clashes.

In Celtic mythology ravens appear in both Irish and Welsh branches. In Ireland ravens were associated with Badb and Morrígan, two of a trio of Goddesses also related to battle. The Welsh name Bran means raven or crow, most notably related to Bran the Blessed who was portrayed as King of the Britons in 12th and 13th century art.

Most notably, however, ravens play a strong role in the natural pantheon of the Pacific Northwest Natives. He is associated with creation and a number of stories depict his role in the formation of the world of humans. In most of these tales he is depicted as a trickster, outwitting other bird gods who hoard the sun, moon, and stars for their own selfishness. Because of this, people who take on the raven as a spiritual guide are charismatic and impish.

The elements commonly associated with ravens are both air and fire, depending on whom you ask and what tales you draw from. Because of this the symbol this raven bears on its chest, wings, and tail consists of both: a swirl of air causing a flame to flicker.

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This was an unfinished oak table I picked up a while back and painted for my aunt. I used acrylic paint and five or six layers of clear acrylic finish to protect it. The inside of the drawer is lined with black velvet.

Forgive the dust on the shelves. :P

Dimensions Approximately 34" Tall, 12" Deep, 12" Wide
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HerbFellow Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a wonderful use of your artistic ability in turning someone's ol' piece into an absolutely lovely piece of furniture that anyone would be proud to exhibit in their home! Excellent!
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MobriDomble Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for your kind compliment!
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BesuNony Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Wow! That came out really nice! Your aunt is a lucky lady to get such a fabulously unique piece. Great work! :D
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MobriDomble Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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BesuNony Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
You are most welcome. ^_^
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