the 20th century
Ruby, quartz, garnets, gold; carving, polishing, mounting
Height 18.7 cm
A composition of seven little seahorses, all carved from a single piece of rich purple ruby, delicately patterned in places with contrasting apple green zoisite. Each with fine bony skin detail, garnet eyes and gold pectoral fins, rising from between three floating golden tendrils of oceanic flora, atop a domed octagonal gold-banded quartz base.