Mano Figa in Bone with Carved Cuff & Triple-Petal Forget-Me-Not Enameled Bow
An Italian amulet of ancient origin, "Mano Figa" (mano meaning hand and figa meaning fig, a slang term for a woman's genitalia) represents a hand gesture in which the thumb is thrust between the curled index and middle fingers, imitating heterosexual intercourse. The logic here was that since the Evil Eye worked by drying up the generative fluids, a gesture of the sexual act could counteract it.
This pendant came from a grandmother's collection. The pieces were acquired from her trips to India during the 1960s. I believe the pieces to be much older than that.
Materials and Features: gold-filled top
Age/Origin: India, c. 1960
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age-related wear.
Triple-Petal Forget-Me-Not Enameled Bow
Victorian jewelry is as complex in its symbolism, sentiment, and design as the fashion, architecture, and decor of the time. Worn as an ornament, a love token, or a remembrance, jewelry not only completed the well-dressed lady’s costume but also denoted her position in society, her marital status, and her sense of self.
Traditionally seen as a symbol of love and marriage, the bow motif first appeared in jewelry in the 17th-century French royal court of Louis XIV, when gold or silver was delicately shaped into loose double bows covered with gemstones and attached to necklaces or brooches. Additionally, Victorian-era jewelry saw a lot of floral motifs, especially forget-me-nots, symbolizing the remembrance of a loved one.
We know them, we love them, this gorgeous large scale FMN detailed triple petal bow features an opal, representative of good luck, claw-set with a sensual, ribbon detail all around. Hook at back for additions and wearability.
Materials and Features: 14k gold
Age/Origin: Victorian, American, c. 1860
Measurements: 3.3 grams, 1.1"
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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