18CT YELLOW GOLD, HAND-ENAMEL
RENEWAL - THE SNAKE
Snakes, too, appear as if reincarnated from themselves, when sloughed of their skeleton skin. In ancient Greece and Egypt, and indigenous North America, snakes symbolise fertility, rebirth, renewal. Depicted on King Tut’s tomb as an ancient symbol of eternity, famously, was a serpent devouring its own tail. A powerful demonstration of the circle of life.
Snakes are ovoviviparous reptiles, hatching eggs within their body and giving birth to live young. Their presence is associated with luck, magic and even fortitude. Historical perceptions saw snakes sacred and immortal; semi-divine human-snake creatures guarded the Buddha.