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Art: Berchta: An Ikon by Artist Dawn Lee Thompson
Berchta was the Germanic pagan goddess of winter, warmth, and hearth. Her familiar was the owl, symbolising wisdom. She would visit homes and bring fortune or misfortune depending on the behavior of its inhabitants. She has been through many transformations, and eventually, St. Nicholas took her role as the mid-winter night time visitor in Germanic folklore.

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Detail Image for art Berchta: An Ikon

Panel in filtered sun

Detail Image for art Berchta: An Ikon

detail of face and owl

Detail Image for art Berchta: An Ikon

reflected light only

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