The Varga Hunters’ Collection brings the beauty of these woodland creatures and the history of the hunt to your table. The wonderfully lifelike depictions of animals, and their natural habitats, that are cut into this finest quality crystal tableware are exquisite. The master craftsmen at Varga take time and much thought to etch the minutest details onto this high quality handmade crystal.
Hunting, also known as venery, has a long history. There is evidence that our early ancestors ate larger animals for subsistence. Evidence from western Kenya suggests that hunting has been occurring for more than two million years.
Hunting performance may be one of the most important routes to high prestige or social status among men in hunter-gatherer societies. It is largely accepted that successful hunters contribute valuable protein and fats to the diet and gain prestige and social standing.
Adding these delightful crystal forms is sure to accent the prestige of your table. The etched portrayals of wildlife on this finest of crystal is so realistic, it looks as though the wildlife could leap out at you at any moment.
In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the hunt, the moon, and nature being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals. Diana was worshipped in ancient Roman religion. The myth of Diana is present in many of Shakespeare’s works. Also, in paintings and sculpture and even an opera titled The Tree of Diana.
Recreational hunting has been taking place since Assyrian kings hunted lions from chariots in a demonstration of their royal nature. Assyria is an ancient civilization in northern Mesopotamia. These kings reigned from approximately 2500 BC through to the 8th century BC.
Throughout Western Europe in the Middle Ages, humans hunted wild animals. By the High Middle Ages, the necessity of hunting was transformed into a stylized pastime of the aristocracy. It was an important arena for social interaction and a privilege and measurement of nobility. The Varga Hunters’ Collection recreates the spirit and opulence of this bygone age. These wonderful crystal creations are the perfect accompaniment to any social occasion.
Nature and hunting have inspired artists since the dawn of time. They have expressed themselves through painting, sculpture, music and literature. The appreciation of these art forms has always united peoples of different cultures.
From the literary works of William Shakespeare to Ernest Hemingway, hunting is a theme that has been used. The imagery of hunting is a recurring motif in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. It seems integral to the central theme of gender and class hierarchies, and of power dynamics between social groups. For Hemingway, hunting was more than just a passion; it was a means through which to explore our humanity and man’s relationship to nature. Courage, awe, respect, precision, patience – these were the virtues that Hemingway honored in the hunter, and his ability to translate these qualities into prose has produced some of the strongest accounts of sportsmanship of all time. Precision, artistry, attention to detail and being satisfied with only the highest quality finished pieces are the virtues of Varga crystal. There is no second quality with Varga. These qualities are captured perfectly in the Hunters’ Collection. Owning such radiant receptacles, raises the standing of any social occasion. Let’s raise a glass to that! Order now!