Concurrent Influences and Developments.
At much the same time as the 'Obelisk Locket' was being made, Phill was also making jewellery which played with the sun as a motif. The Sun was yet another symbol in the armoury of 'power motifs'.
'Necklet of the Eclipse' used hollow, partly open forms coated with goldleaf on the interiors. The outer shells were patinated, gold-inlaid sterling silver. The titanium rope chain was something Phill was making a lot in the mid 'eighties: flame-coloured dark blue, in this instance, it was an apt 'night sky' background for the eclipse motifs. Such titanium chain had not been seen before.
Like most obelisks transported to Rome, the Quirinal Obelisk has been surmounted by Christian symbols.
'Obelisk for an Overseer' was a lidded container Phill made at the same time as the other obelisk objects. Like the symbol of the pyramid with the eye on top, this obelisk also had a stylised eye atop. It was also hollow-fabricated, patinated gilding metal, with the decorative finial being hollow-fabricated sterling silver.
Also around this time, Phill was making brooches based on a stylised Saturn. The quizzical image below is Phill modelling such a brooch at the time. ["Forgive us the sins of our past vanities..."]
The Saturn brooch was a beaten and flame-coloured titanium 'planet', surrounded by sterling silver 'rings', gold rivetted to the 'planet'. The brooch below it is from a parallel series - 'Comets'.