World Angels

Over the years I have accumulated many angel figures from around the world and photographed many others that I could not bring home. My family: Tony, Caz and Nicki, who travel extensively, have given me many wonderful angels from the fabulous places they have visited.

I am delighted to be able to share these angels with you, so you too can see their diversity and read the stories associated with them.

Just click on the country name or angel picture to be taken to information and pictures from that part of the world.

MAP
South Africa

In Johannesburg I found this lovely set of metal hanging angels.

Township

South Africa angels
MAP
South Africa

In Cape Town I found many different angels, showing the individuality of their makers.

Those in the centre and on the right are painted metal.

Table Mountain


South African Angel
South African Angel
MAP
South Africa
South African Angel Amongst my favourite South African Angels were these lovely ones made from disused drink cans. You can clearly see that one had come from a 'Red Bull' can, another from a 'Coke' can. The card that accompanied them said:

"These little Angels, made from recycled cool drink cans, are handcrafted by a group of Zulu school children as an extra-mural activity. These teenage students live in an area of Northern Zululand where the AIDS epidemic is very high, and are themselves orphans who have been left destitute. Your individual contribution in purchasing an Angel will impact directly on the students, assisting them to feed, clothe and educate themselves, and at the same time giving them a sense of pride and self worth.

It is hoped that, in a small way, this project will empower the youths with an entrepreneurial spirit, and to know that their future lies in their own hands."

Please see www.ilala.co.za for more information and products.The work is promoted by an organisation called Angels against Crime.
MAP
South Africa
South African Angel South African Angel
South African Angel
South African Angel
South African Angel
South African Angel
There were many bead angels in Cape Town. Again being made as Christmas ornaments. Many were only a couple of inches (5 cm's) tall. 2 tiny brooches (top left) were only 1 inch (2.5 cm's). The ingenuity of the makers was shown in some that had beads threaded on to safety pins to make the skirt of the angel. The right bottom picture shows the angel's dress made from safety pins. In the Pan African Market in the centre of Cape Town - a maze of craft stalls, wooden carving, ornaments, fabrics etc, I was delighted to come across a small trellis table with a young African man sat along side. He sat quietly threading beans on to thread, making bead angels . All he sold were these lovely little angels, in gold and silver beads (bottom middle picture). I asked him his name; "Proud", he replied - he certainly looked very proud when I told him I collected angels and his were going all the way back to England.

MAP

Netherlands
These were the first angels given to me many years ago by my husband Tony. They are made of fabric and stand about 4 inches (10 cms) tall. I have them over my bed, so they look after me in my sleep. I have called them Hilda and Olive after two of my aunts from childhood.
Netherland Angel

Amsterdam Canels

MAP

USA
During 2007 I visited the USA, spending time in Mount Shasta, California, then Phoenix and Sedona in Arizona .
I came across a number of angels. The one to the centre is a pottery one about 6 inches (15 cms) tall. The group to the right are native Indian angels, made from pottery and painted.
Sedona Sedona Angel
North American Indian Angels

MAP

Italy: Rome
Many of the angel statues that I found in Italy were influenced by the images of the Catholic church. The figures below left are typical. They are made from painted wood, standing about 6 inches tall. Rome is full of angel statues. The one to the centre is on the angel bridge in the centre of the city, which leads to the Castle of Angels.
Italian Angels Italian Angel Statue
Trevi Fountain,Rome
Italian Angels The angels above are more contemporary images of angels. They were all found in the centre of Rome in shops near the Trevi Fountain. Italian Angels
 

MAP

Italy: Naples
This little cherub came from Naples. It is made from brass and stands about 3 inches (8cm) tall. cherub
Naples

MAP

Barbados

This pair of unusual angel figures were given to me by my daughter, Caz, after she had visited Barbados in the Caribbean. They are made from shells and straw.


Barbados angels
Barbados

MAP

Greece
Aphrodite

This is a statue of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, depicted with angel wings. It is made from porcelain and stands about 10 inches (25 cms) tall.

My daughter, Caz brought it back from Athens.


parthnon

MAP

Norway
This delightful pair of angels came from Stravanger, Norway. Caz hunted high and low throughout the city, determined to find me an angel. Most shops only had trolls, but she found the only angel shop in the town and managed to bring these two back for me.

Stravanger, Norway

Norwegian angels

MAP

Philippines
Angels from Philippines These two hand made angels stand about 10 inches (25 cms) tall.

They are made from felt and decorated with beads.
Philippines

MAP

France
Eiffel Tower

This angel from Paris holds the Eiffel Tower.

She stands about 4 inches (10 cms) tall.

Paris Angel

MAP

Germany
These angels come from the Christmas market in Hamburg. The angel in the middle is a Christmas tree decoration made from gingerbread and icing. The one on the right is a hand made wooden decoration. As the blades on the top spin round the two angels in the centre turn.
German market Angel tree decoration
wooden angel

MAP


Alaska

Alaskan Angel

This lovely hand painted angel on the left was given to me by my daughter Caz and came from Skagway, Alaska. She stands about 4 inches (10 cms) tall.

The collection of small wooden angels (right and bottom) reflect some of the clothing worn in Alaska.

 

Alaskan Angel

Alaskan Angel
Tracy Arm Fjord

MAP

Kashmir, India / Pakistan

These two angels come from Kashmir, but I don't know whether they are from Indian Kashmir or Pakistani Kashmir.

My husband, Tony, purchased them in Doha, Qatar, in the Middle East, where there is a large asian expatriate community. They are about 4 inches (10 cms) tall and made from painted wood.

kasmir angels

MAP

QEII, Cruise Liner
QEII Angel My daughter, Caz, is an bridge officer on board cruise liners. During the summer of 2007 she was on board Cunard's QEII for 4 months, including its 40th anniversary voyage around the UK, before it was decommissioned and went out of service. Caz with QEII
We had the good fortune of touring the ship when it docked in Southampton. We also ate in the officer's mess - a place where very few get to see. I was delighted to see that the officer's mess was overseen by a magnificent gold painted wooden angel mounted on the wall, surrounded by other memorabilia. This beautiful angel was about 3 feet (1 metre) tall. It was truly inspirational, knowing that it had travelled thousands of miles and accompanied the millions of passengers on their voyages. This angel was there protecting them all. However, it think it was a great shame that she was not on view to all that travelled with her...only the officers saw her.

MAP

Thailand
These 2 contemporary angel candle holders are made from Bangkok tin and stand about 4 inches tall. They were given to me by my husband, Tony after a business trip.

MAP

Australia
Australian Angels Sydney Bridge, Australia
This set of archangels came from Sydney, Australia. Unfortunately Archangel Michael is missing from the set and I have been unable to find him anywhere.

MAP

Honduras
Honduras shell angel The angel on the left was found in a cameo factory in Roatan, Honduras. It was about 12 inches long and carved from shell. The lovely dog angel came from an animal shop, again in Roatan and was found by my daughter Caz.
Honduras angel
Honduras

MAP

Caymen Islands
Shell Angels
Caymen Islands
These three lovely shell angels were made by locals in the stunningly beautiful Caymen islands. Using different kinds of shells, different, unique angels have been created.

MAP

Hawaii
Hawaii Sunset
Hawaii Angel
Aloha! This lovely Hawaiian angel stands about 8 inches tall. She is dressing in traditional Hawaiian costume and was discovered by my daughter Caz in early 2011.

MAP

Orkney Islands (United Kingdom)
Orkney Angel
Ring of Brogar, Orkney
I found this fabric angel in a craft shop in the Orkney Islands in Scotland after I had visited the awe inspiring standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar in 2010. It is about 4 inches in height.

MAP

Russia
Russian Angels
Russian Angels
Moscow     These wooden, hand painted angels came from Moscow, Russia. My husband Tony gave them to me after he had travelled there on a business trip.

 

Green Line