19th century French insignia representing balance between opposing forces. Contains the 4 elements: air (birds, water (serpents), fire (torch) and earth (acorn) -- forming a burning (Sacred) heart shape with a cross bar of thorns.
PaulinSF, this is an extremely intriguing insignia, by any chance have you been able to trace a more specific origin, or better yet artist or name? I would greatly appreciate any additional info you may have as I would like to research this piece further. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks very much for you time. (also I've browsed through some of your other work, very impressive)