Kitsune - in the literal sense is the Japanese word for fox.  Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; in English, kitsune refers to them in this context. Stories depict legendary foxes as intelligent beings & as possessing paranormal abilities that increase as they get older and wiser. According to Yōkai folklore, all foxes have the ability to shapeshift into human form. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others – as foxes in many cultural folklore often do – other stories portray them as faithful guardians & friends. As well because of their potential power and influence, some people make sacrifices to them as to a deity. Conversely foxes were often seen as "witch animals", especially during the Edo period (1603–1867). • sterling silver, oxidized 

Kitsune Talisman