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This bold blue stained glass butterfly silhouette is affixed to a Greek key background. Like all of the "SW" catalog numbers, this one uses the fused glass process that eliminates a metal frame.
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sold separately). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup. Switchables make gift-giving easy: Start your recipient out with a fixture and one or two covers, then buy him or her new covers on future gift-giving occasions.
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What we call the "Greek key" design is formally known as a meander (or meandros). It's a decorative border formed from a single line, usually in a repeating rectangular pattern. Borders made from curving lines are called running scrolls. Meanders appear in many classical Greek architectural friezes and as bands on pottery, and they're still used to impart a classical quality to a building or object today. In ancient Greece they might have symbolized unity and infinity, or they might have referenced the labyrinth where Theseus fought the minotaur. Greek pottery traveled far and wide and it brought meanders along for the ride; variations are commonly found as far from Greece as ancient China. The Romans loved this simple geometric design, too, and it was quite popular in neoclassical US architecture from the late 18th to early 19th centuries.