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  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1965 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, carved labradorite and rubies

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 33, shelf B, box 3

Humorous zoomorphic brooches were popular items for day-time wear during the 1960s. The owl's proportions, his timid expression and his partially open wings suggest a young owl about to make his first attempt at flight.

Physical description

Brooch in the form of an owl perched on a branch. Its body is of gold, with a circular face of carved labradorite set with ruby eyes.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


ca. 1965 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold, carved labradorite and rubies


Height: 3.2 cm, Width: 3.1 cm, Depth: 95 mm

Descriptive line

Brooch in the form of an owl, gold, carved labradorite and rubies, United States, about 1965.


Gold; Labradorite; Rubies


Carving; Stone setting; Stone-cutting


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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