Mano Cornuto means “horned hand” in Italian; the gesture is commonly depicted on charms to protect against the evil eye. It is unclear whether the gesture originated as a symbol of animal horns or a “poking out the (evil) eyes” action, but ancient lunar goddess charms depicting animal horns were used for similar protective purposes and are probably related to the Mano Cornuto. Heavy Metal fans adopted the hand gesture in the late 20th century, and in fact, Gene Simmons of KISS tried to trademark it! Our c. 1830 mano cornuto charm is carved from red coral and wears a turquoise ring on its pinky. The talisman is fitted in 14k gold and hangs from a new 18" 14k gold chain. The tip of the thumb is missing.
14k gold (tests), red coral, turquoise, new 14k gold chain
Good - tip of the thumb is missing
7/8" including the bale, 1/4" width, 18" chain
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Coral jewelry has been worn as an amulet of protection against ailments and danger since ancient Rome.