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Behind Every Great Man

Amazing Georgian octagon chalcedony intaglio

Image of a lion holding a crescent on top of a shield, with another crescent within the shield

Why we love it

What, you might ask, is the strange, symbol at the bottom of the shield, which looks suspiciously like something you’d see in a high school physics textbook? Why it’s a cinquefoil emblem, otherwise known as a potentilla flower, used to signify prestige, power and loyalty. A little of the feminine to soften the rampant, macho ‘king of the beasts’ imagery.

The crescents, in the lion’s clutches and at the top of the shield, talk of the anointing of a great warrior by the sitting sovereign. Symbolic of glory and valour. Also synonymous with motherhood and fertility.

And finally the torse. Stretched across the middle of the shield. Representative of the lady’s favour, often given to a crusader by his love on his departure for war.

All told there’s a lot of female energy contained within this seal. Some recognition perhaps for the supportive, behind-the-scenes role women played in Georgian society in preparing the men to fulfil their potential.

A progressive seal ahead of its time? We can but dream.

A talisman of respect for all those women in supporting roles, who helped so many men achieve greatness. And especially for the women who refused to take a back seat. Who came out of the shadows to give all women a voice.

For Candace and Ruth and Simone and Gloria and Marsha and Audre and Bell and Malala and Tarana and Alexandria and Michelle and …

Say their names.

For all the sisters who are doing it for themselves!

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Additional information

Piece of jewellery

Classic pendant, Geometric pendant, Three arm ring



Seal material


Seal colour


Seal shape

North south octagon


19 x 23.8 x 4.6mm


Exceptional antique condition with minimal surface wear

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