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. 1920
Measurements: 4.3 grams, 1.5"
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age-related wear.
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