Tyger, Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night ....
The first two lines of William Blake's great poem: The Tyger.
And why not? Blake is only one of many that elevated this-- the
largest of the great cats--to heroic proportions. Any one out there
remember Shere Khan ... Rudyard Kipling's creation of Mowgli's
nemesis? And how about that predatory creature in Little Red Riding
Hunh? Wazzat? It's a wolf that goes with that tale you say? Nay nay
sweet boids of yute. In the Chinese version ... it's a tiger wot
takes the place of the wolf and eats ol' gran'ma. So ... when he's
ogling women ... he ain't no wolf ... he's a tiger.
The Tiger is the cat of ultimate symbolism. It is creator and
destroyer. It is cruel greed and royal strength. It is anger. In the
orient ... it is the yang ... the King of Beasts.
The Tiger is a Grave-Guardian. It drives away demons in the dark of
night. It is chthonic. And now ... a quick legend of the great cat
offered here as a prelude to the carved turquoise you are all about
It is said that once the Tiger has eaten a man ... he can then make
his victim's ghost walk in front of him through the jungle enticing
fresh prey. After the next victim has been eaten ... the ghost of the
first is free to go about doing whatever it is ghosts do.
So there it is ... everything you ever wanted to know about Tigers
... and more. Which brings us to this piece of turquoise with a
roaring tiger sculpted in relief. The mythology is fascinating ... as
is the jeweler's work. It is quite beautiful.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits...may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyler-adam.com
where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Tidbits Graphics ... and then click on the link that says: Tyger ...
in order to view a turquoise pendant with the great cat sculpted in