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Vintage Mother of Pearl Figa Pendant


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.


  • 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





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.