Often, gloves merely symbolize the HAND itself; usually, however, they signify high status, clean hands, white gloves as cleanliness and purity. They also conceal; they highlight the gestures of the HAND. Gloves embody power and protection, as well as nobility. However, gloves can also be mysterious, often worn by thieves, witches and night-riders. Honor is represented when the right glove is removed.

In relation to other items, an iron glove is strength, Thor's possession; and raw-hide gloves represent boxing. In folklore it is bad luck to pick up your own dropped gloves. They are an appropriate gift for lovers.

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