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vintage c. 1970s - early 90s
wood plaque with a relief image of snake coiled around a sphere
the snake image is set into a deeply carved diamond shaped frame
perhaps the snake is protecting it's egg? or strangling the world?
whatever it is, it seems highly symbolic and is quite mysterious

I tried finding a similar image online, but the last picture in the listing is the closest I could find
It's an illustration by William Blake; read more about it below:

Blake worked on illustrations for an influential book on mythology, Jacob Bryant's A New System, or, An Analysis of Ancient Mythology, published in 1774. (This information is in the Introduction to the Garland reprint of Bryant, 1979). One of the images (Vol. II, Plate IV, opposite p. 140) is that of the Ovum Mundanum, the World Egg, with the Ophis, Greek for serpent, wrapped around it.... Again it is the soul trapped within the limitations of matter.

(via williamblakesspiritualjourney.blogspot.com/)


5" wide x 7 3/8" tall x 5/8" deep

there is some dark marks on the wood across the top, appears to be a water stain. this extends to the side and back. there are some minor cracks in the wood.


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vintage c. 1970s-80s carved wood plaque with coiled snake // Ophis et Ovum


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