Monday, July 17, 2006

Mantis Monday for 7-17-06

This was my first piece of mantis jewelry. It's a piece of bone or ivory with the mantis etched on it. I think it used to be green, but the color faded over the years. My dad had it made for me many years ago. He said he had to show the artisan a picture, because the man didn't know what a praying mantis looked like.

Funny thing about my dad: he has always been somewhat puzzled by my lifelong interest in mantids, and though he hasn't said anything in a while, he used to hope I'd "outgrow" this silly hobby. But over the years, he has also managed to add a number of little mantis things to my collection. (Love you, Daddy.)
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