This set of Athena pocket prayer beads in Czech pressed glass consists of twelve owl-shaped beads, to represent the Greek dodecatheon of twelve gods; there are many more than twelve Greek gods, but most cities had their own group of twelve. Joining the string is a copper pendant with a blue-green patina depicting the face of the goddess herself. The owl is Athena's sacred animal, and remains a symbol of wisdom even today.
It is made with 15x18mm aqua blue and copper owl-shaped beads in Czech pressed glass, separated by copper-toned metal spacer beads, and glass seed beads to provide a comfortable transition from one bead to the next and to make the piece lightweight, supple, and easy to handle. The string itself is approximately 16.25" (41.3cm) in circumference and is designed to be used in prayer and meditation, to decorate an altar or shrine, and/or to adorn a statue, although it may be worn or carried loosely on the wrist if desired. The small size makes it easy to keep on hand in a drawer, a purse, or a pocket.
The beads come with a prayer to Athena, written specifically to be used with this prayer bead design, and with a cotton muslin bag for storage.
You can, of course, use the beads with any prayers, or for any god or gods, that you choose or that resonate with you.