Paperweight - Serpent Pale Opal

Paperweight - Serpent Pale Opal


All communication (and data processing) is achieved through the use of symbols. Symbols take the form of words, sounds, gestures, ideas, or visual images and are used to convey other ideas and beliefs. written language is essentially a collection of symbols, it is important to make the distinction. All written communication is symbols, but the term ‘symbol’ categorizes many marks extending out beyond written language.


Alan Thomson uses symbols to accent the look of the animal – they are not copies of indiginious art. The Rainbow Serpent or Rainbow Snake is an immortal being and creating God in Aboriginal Mythology. It is a popular image in the art of Aboriginal Australia. It is the shape of a rainbow and a snake. ... The Rainbow Serpent (Snake) has a significant role in the beliefs and culture of the Aboriginals in western Arnhem Land.


Spectacular Paperweight designed and made by Alan Thomson has a serpent pattern in Australian hallmarked sterling silver filigree on the ironstone side of a large opal specimen measuring 90mm high x 90mm wide at the widest and 50mm deep at the base.  


The Opal side is a range of peaceful blue hues in a spectacular art piece suitable as a desk piece or as an ornament in any home.      


The serpent The serpent, or snake, is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. The word is derived from Latin serpens, a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to mankind and represent dual expression of good and evil.