The Twenty-First Object is a flat dish of a metal that is presumed to be bronze. It is slightly over six and a half feet in diameter, and is painted in a deep red colour. On what, for convenience, we may call the outer side, there is a further design. It was discovered in Naples in 1241, in the Shrine of Saint Catherine at Rouen. It was thought to show a gilded image of the Angel Gabriel cradling the fallen Jesus, but since the angel is clearly female, this interpretation was rejected by a bishop, who asked for further interpretations. A Jerbiton magus, through intermediaries, suggested it was a depiction of the death of Memnon, and that the winged figure was the Goddess of Dawn, Eos. It is from this object that the Eos Aura and Eos lands take their name: for want, primarily, of a better. The Jerbiton magus was, again through intermediaries, able to acquire the piece, and for some time it rested in his laboratory. He gifted the Object to the Academy, but it was lost during an ill-understood incident while being moved from ther Old Academy to Greenwich, following the Honeycomb Plague. The Object reaminsw lost.
The Object does not appear to do…well, anything. Many scholars have suggested that this is because it arrived late in the collection, and then was lost before sufficient research could be done. Many others counter that, no, all sorts of uses, practical, silly and anywhere in between, had been tried, and hat it demonstrates a bias to expect all of the Objects to perform wonders. All have failed to find anything, save that Clement of Criamon, who had a vision of the Object although he never saw it himself, claimed that if one slept within (or perhaps under) the Object, one could not have nightmares. His writings may indicate the Object as a curative for spiritual possession. Clement was, sadly, so disturbed at the time of writing about this vision that his notes are barely decipherable, and even if they have been read correctly, are almost incomprehensible.