North America, U.S.A.
10 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (27.3 x 14.6 x 9.5 cm)
Taxidermy owl, wood, moss, glass eyes, and metal hardware
Stanford Family Collections
Currently On View
Leland Stanford, Jr., before 1884
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Order containing around 180 species in two families of nocturnal raptorial birds with hooked beaks, strong talons, and soft plumage. All owls have the same general appearance, which is characterized by a flat face, small hooked beak, short tail, round wings, and large, forward-facing eyes. The bird became associated with Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and also owls became symbolic of intelligence because it was thought that they could forsee events. Also, because of their nocturnal existence and hooting sounds, owls have also been symbols associated with the occult. In the Middle Ages, the owl became a symbol of the darkness before the coming of Christ.
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