Grimalkin Winged Familiar Candle Lamp: Bat, Cat or Both?
This Grimalkin animal familiar candle lamp has a hand finished stone look by artist M. Pena for Windstone Editions. The Grimalkin is a cat-like animal that has wings.
A grimalkin (also called a greymalkin) is an old or evil-looking female cat. The term stems from "grey" (the color) plus "malkin", an archaic term for a cat, derived from a hypocoristic form of the female name Maud. Scottish legend makes reference to the grimalkin as a faery cat that dwells in the highlands.
The term/name may first come from Beware the Cat (published 1570) by William Baldwin. The novel is a story of talking cats, and part of it relates the story of the Grimalkin's death. According to its editors, the story, and thus the name, originates with Baldwin in terms of being the earliest example known in print. It is also spelled Grimmalkin or Grimolochin.
During the early modern period, the name grimalkin - and cats in general - became associated with the devil and witchcraft. Women tried as witches in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries were often accused of having a familiar, frequently a grimalkin.
-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
But in Ancient Egypt, the cat was held in high regard as a companion and as a mouse catcher extraordinaire!
This collectible piece by artist M. Pena is a super high quality artists casting stone, hand finished to perfection.
Made in the USA.
This candle lamp measures 10 inches x 6 inches x 7 inches (25.4 cm x 15.24 cm x 17.78cm) and it is substantially weighted at 7 lbs. (3.17 kg).