Anthenaki the Owl
This delightful creation draws its inspiration from the rich heritage of Athens, the historical heart of Greece, and the emblem of the city itself. Designed by Anthologist’s founder, Andria Mitsakos, Athens comes to life through the skilled hands of our female artisan team in Mexico.
At the heart of this enchanting tale lies the city’s profound connection to the owl, known as “cookovaya” in Greek, which has been a symbol of wisdom and Athena, the goddess of wisdom and courage, for centuries. As Athens is our home and the birthplace of Anthologist, it was only natural for us to include this wise and revered creature in our menagerie of stuffed animals.
A favorite Ancient Greek proverb says, “γλαῦκ’ εἰς Ἀθήνας” meaning “owls to Athens” (“Eulen nach Athen tragen” in German). As there are plenty of owls in Athens, the saying translates as doing something unnecessary or superfluous, as so often people do in life. Our stories are simple: keep it relevant, and authentic. The owl—cookovaya in Greek—is the emblem of the city of Athens.
Each owl is meticulously handcrafted, with boiled wool thread, hand-woven and hand-dyed using vegetable and plant extracts. This intricate process infuses Athenaki with the very essence of the vibrant landscapes of Greece, creating a piece of art that radiates with authenticity and wisdom.
We used the affectionate word, Athenaki, as her name and your wise companion who will accompany you on your journey, a reminder that wisdom and authenticity are timeless treasures, and that the spirit of Athens lives on in every corner of the world. With Athenaki by your side, every moment becomes a celebration of knowledge, courage, and the enduring spirit of a city that has inspired generations.
Other animals can be created upon request, please email us.
- Dimensions: 19”H x 7.5”W x 6.5”D (23cmH x 19cmW x 17cmD – with tail)
- Wipe with damp cloth. Dry in sun.
- Made in Mexico.
Many of our items are custom made to order. Please allow three to five weeks for delivery depending on the item.