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This is an ancient Greek carnelian gemstone intaglio of Hygieia, dating to the 3rd century BC. It depicts the goddess of health (cleanliness and sanitation) holding a serpent, whilst pouring a libation in a cup (patera) in the other. The serpent is hanging downward, with a gaping mouth (she holds it by the tail). She wears a Greek Chiton gown, revealing one of her long legs! Her head seems to hover above her body, this is due to the wear over the surface of the stone. The lighter delicate…

This is an ancient Greek carnelian gemstone intaglio of Hygieia, dating to the 3rd century BC. It depicts the goddess of health (cleanliness and sanitation) holding a serpent, whilst pouring a libation in a cup (patera) in the other. The serpent is hanging downward, with a gaping mouth (she holds it by the tail). She wears a Greek Chiton gown, revealing one of her long legs! Her head seems to hover above her body, this is due to the wear over the surface of the stone. The lighter delicate…

Crayons. I love them. The wings on her back, the cat under her chin, the dog with his tongue out bringing love, the serpent lock of hair running down her back and turning his head up to smile at life, the blond part of her hair a happy duck wearing a swimming cap, the lazing, basking crocodile above him, the swimmer above him, the dolphin on her head, the love heart beaming out from her third eye, surrounded by love with the hearts at the beach with sea and sand background.

Crayons. I love them. The wings on her back, the cat under her chin, the dog with his tongue out bringing love, the serpent lock of hair running down her back and turning his head up to smile at life, the blond part of her hair a happy duck wearing a swimming cap, the lazing, basking crocodile above him, the swimmer above him, the dolphin on her head, the love heart beaming out from her third eye, surrounded by love with the hearts at the beach with sea and sand background.

Entwined serpents with jealous green eyes (possibly cobras) guard a regal purple amethyst.  A small fresh water pearl is set above the serpents like a distant, full moon.  A nice example of the Victorian love for richly detailed, exotic jewels.  Crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Entwined serpents with jealous green eyes (possibly cobras) guard a regal purple amethyst. A small fresh water pearl is set above the serpents like a distant, full moon. A nice example of the Victorian love for richly detailed, exotic jewels. Crafted in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

A woman with a green snake in her dark red hair is framed by a gold decorative halo as she leans her chin in her hands on an animal head above a leafy green plant

A woman with a green snake in her dark red hair is framed by a gold decorative halo as she leans her chin in her hands on an animal head above a leafy green plant

Numbered "11" on the plate; Job is lying above infernal flames, chained human figures reach up to him from below; a long-haired, bearded male figure wrapped in a serpent hovers above Job; borders engraved with pictures and text, the line under design beginning "With Dreams upon my bed...".  1826  Engraving and etching William Blake

Numbered "11" on the plate; Job is lying above infernal flames, chained human figures reach up to him from below; a long-haired, bearded male figure wrapped in a serpent hovers above Job; borders engraved with pictures and text, the line under design beginning "With Dreams upon my bed...". 1826 Engraving and etching William Blake

Amethyst cameo engraved with a head of Medusa in high relief, with wings above her temples and serpents coiled in her hair and meeting under her chin.

Amethyst cameo engraved with a head of Medusa in high relief, with wings above her temples and serpents coiled in her hair and meeting under her chin.

Orestes seeks refuge from the avenging Furies at the shrine of Delphoi.He grasps hold of the omphalos stone beneath the sacred tripod as a suppliant of the god.Apollo receives him.On the other side stands Athene,Orestes' patron-goddess,who has guided him to the altar.Above her the ghost of Klytaimnestra, who drives the Erinyes against her son to avenge the crime of matricide.Erinyes are depicted as huntresses,arms and hair wreathed with poisonous serpents.One is winged.

Orestes seeks refuge from the avenging Furies at the shrine of Delphoi.He grasps hold of the omphalos stone beneath the sacred tripod as a suppliant of the god.Apollo receives him.On the other side stands Athene,Orestes' patron-goddess,who has guided him to the altar.Above her the ghost of Klytaimnestra, who drives the Erinyes against her son to avenge the crime of matricide.Erinyes are depicted as huntresses,arms and hair wreathed with poisonous serpents.One is winged.

A youthful Adam, who closely resembles portraits of the curly-haired young Blake, names the beasts after the fall. The serpent is entwined, in surprisingly friendly fashion, around Adam’s left arm. He stares out, as if deep in thought. The animals, behind him, graze in a pastoral landscape, as if still unscathed by man’s transgression in the garden of Eden. Above Adam’s head, an acorn indicates winter, but in Blake’s mythology the oak is also the druidical tree on which Christ was crucified…

A youthful Adam, who closely resembles portraits of the curly-haired young Blake, names the beasts after the fall. The serpent is entwined, in surprisingly friendly fashion, around Adam’s left arm. He stares out, as if deep in thought. The animals, behind him, graze in a pastoral landscape, as if still unscathed by man’s transgression in the garden of Eden. Above Adam’s head, an acorn indicates winter, but in Blake’s mythology the oak is also the druidical tree on which Christ was crucified…

late 18th century gold neo-classical mourning ring with octagonal bezel with glazed sepia painted scene on ivory depicting a funerary pedestal monument with applied initials A.L.S. beneath, surmounted by twin hearts within coiled serpent, beneath a gilt and applied hair drawn canopy and above the legend OUDERLIEVEDE (Old Dutch for 'parental love')

late 18th century gold neo-classical mourning ring with octagonal bezel with glazed sepia painted scene on ivory depicting a funerary pedestal monument with applied initials A.L.S. beneath, surmounted by twin hearts within coiled serpent, beneath a gilt and applied hair drawn canopy and above the legend OUDERLIEVEDE (Old Dutch for 'parental love')

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