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Raku Nightingale Bead

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When I was very young, I read "The Nightingale" by Hans Christian Anderson about an emperor who prefers the singing of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale.
The Emperor of China learns that one of the most beautiful things in his empire is the song of the nightingale. When he orders the nightingale brought to him, a kitchen maid (the only one at court who knows of its whereabouts) leads the court to a nearby forest where the bird is found. The nightingale agrees to appear at court. The Emperor is so delighted with the bird's song that he keeps the nightingale in captivity. When the Emperor is given a bejeweled mechanical bird he loses interest in the real nightingale, who returns to the forest. The mechanical bird eventually breaks down due to overuse. The Emperor is taken deathly ill a few years later. The real nightingale learns of the Emperor's condition and returns to the palace. Death is so moved by the nightingale's song that he departs and the emperor recovers. The nightingale agrees to sing to the emperor of all the happenings in the empire, that he will be known as the wisest emperor ever to live.

I was deeply moved by this story and re-read it countless times. So now, here is my tribute to this wonderful tale: A raku Nightingale. Each one handformed and unique, there will never be 2 identical birds, each will sing it's own particular song. If you listen carefully, you will hear it.
L41mm (1 3/8") H15mm (5/8") Thickness 13mm (9/16") Center hole 2mm

Raku Nightingale Bead

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  • Material: ceramic raku
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