Two custom pieces for a gentleman of the Christian faith, celebrating a long career in medicine.
The oval depicts the rod of Asclepius, Greek god of medicine, entwined with a serpent, symbol of rejuvenation and rebirth.
The chi-ro symbol, composed of the first two letters of the Greek word christos, has long been used by Christians. It's also found in marginalia to denote pertinent passages, used by pagan Greeks as shorthand for the word chreston, which means good.
The bolo (or bola) tie is an essential part of American western wear, but its roots reach more broadly into time and space. The word bola comes from boleadora, a type of lariat used by native South Americans and gauchos to capture wayward cattle and large birds and also as a fighting weapon. There are also surviving examples of boleadoras from Ming and Qing dynasty China as well as from the Inuit and Eskimo cultures (where the tool is called qilumitautit).