The Priests of Pallas was a week-long festival held annually in Kansas City from 1887 until 1912. It was revived briefly from 1922 to 1924. Festival supporters promoted Kansas City's image as the "Athens of the West" and emulated other celebrations such as New Orleans' Mardi Gras and St. Louis' Veiled Prophet. Pallas Athene was the patroness of the festival and motifs were based loosely on figures from Greek mythology. Festivities included three parades with ornate floats, and numerous concerts and other performances. Nightly parties culminated with an elegant masked ball where guests received an official annual souvenir.
Offered is this 1907 Pencil Holder which was the souvenir to the "Priests of Pallus" festival. It is a beautiful multi colored ceramic divided desk top holder. It has four separate compartments for a variety of writing instruments. The Owl is shown prominently on one side and an Athenian warrior is one the other. The owl symbolized wisdom and was the "mascot" for the festival. These decorations are all under the clear glaze, so they are clear and sharp and have been well protected. The pencil holder is completely authentic, and in marvelous condition. The holder is 8 inches wide, 5 inches tall, and 1 and 1/2 inches deep.
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