Created exclusively for the British Museum: a handmade sterling silver necklace with a Greek owl pendant.
The design is based on owl coins from ancient Greece in the British Museum collections. From the late 6th century BC, the design of Athenian coins was standardised to depict the goddess Athena and her sacred bird, the owl. The pendant here is an interpretation of an owl taken from a silver tetradrachm (a type of coin) of Athens, dated to the 5th century BC.
The necklace has been created by Ortak - specialist jewellers based in the Orkney Islands, Scotland - using traditional silversmithing techniques. This piece forms part of an exclusive range based on masterpieces of the British Museum collections.
Ideal as a gift.