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Vintage Mother of Pearl Figa Pendant

$700

The “mano fico” is an Italian symbol going back centuries. The closed fist clasps the thumb threaded through the index and middle fingers. Supposedly it looks like a certain part of the female anatomy, and such a sexual, shocking, offensive gesture was supposed to ward off the evil eye. It's a protection symbol, in short. The "figa" found its way to Victorian England and has stayed popular throughout the 20th century. This one's mother-of-pearl with gold fittings, made in the 1940's.

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  • Materials

    14k gold fittings (tests), mother of pearl, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1940

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 5/8" length including the bale, 18" chain

Retro

Aboutthe

RetroEra

19351945

please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.