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During the 19th century goldsmiths found inspiration in all sorts of events like the excavations in Pompeii, the opening of the Suez Channel, the kroning of Queen Elizabeth as Empress of India, the Halley comet, etc etc. This pendant is made in the so-called Neo-Egyptian style.
Antique jewelry object group: pendants and necklaces
Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of French, Belgian or Italian origin.
Style: Victorian and more specific Neo Egyptian
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Style specifics: In our opinion, this object is a product of the second neo-egyptian style in the 19th century. That style has known three revivals since 1800. The first was caused by Napoleon's journey to Egypt (circa 1805-1810). The second revival was caused by the opening of the Suez Canal (circa 1870) and the third was initiated by the discovery of King Tut-Ankh-Amunís tomb (circa 1922).
Period: ca. 1870
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Source of inspiration: mythology
Theme: snakes and serpents - A lot can be said about snakes and serpents. They have been worshipped since the Dark Ages and are a powerful religious symbol with many different meanings, like death and resurrection, while they have also been associated with healing and rivergods and also denote fertility, wisdom and the ability to cure.
Material: 18K yellow gold
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Precious stones: coral and to be more precise in the color that is called peau d'ange (French for angel's skin).
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Condition: excellent condition
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Dimensions: height pendant 3.70 cm (1.46 inch), length chain 40.00 cm (15.75 inch)
Weight: 17.10 gram (11.00 dwt)
Reference Nº: 10121-4316
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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