The first known ouroboros imagery (where a snake is depicted eating its own tail) appeared in Egypt in the 14th century BC. For these ancient Egyptians, the circular reptile shape symbolized Ra and Osiris. Ancient Greeks used the ouroboros to denote the first earthly being. The gnostics used it as a symbol of the soul of the world, and the list goes on. Serendipitously, many cultures the world over have independently "invented" the elegant ouroboros image to symbolize a version of the same universal idea: there's an eternal cycle of life. This outstanding Victorian ouroboros collar is made with a beautiful chain composed of six-pointed star stamped links and a repoussé snake head embellished with scrolling engraving and set with almandine garnet cabochons. The clasp is detailed with the forked tongue of the serpent.
10k gold (tests), almandine garnet cabochons
Very good - minor dent on the underside of the snake's chin
15/75" length, head and neck of snake measures 1"
1837 — 1901
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