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Georgian 15ct Gold Seal with Carnelian Intaglio of an Owl in a Tree

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A small 15ct gold Georgian seal with a carved carnelian intaglio base of an owl in a tree. The owl was the keeper of spirits who had passed from one plane to another. Often myth indicates the owl accompanying a spirit to the underworld. Literally winging it’s newly freed soul from the physical world into the realm of spirit, so this could have been a memorial seal. The owl also represents wisdom and deep insight.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginGeorgian (1714-1830), English
MeasurementsHeight 18 mm
Base 9 mm by 8 mm
ConditionVery Good
HallmarksUnmarked, tested to 15ct gold
ProvenanceEnglish