A fine antique pair of earrings and a matching brooch in 18 carat gold, set with Roman mosaics composed of little glass bricks, called tesserae. Perhaps as a souvenir from a Grand tour, these colourful mosaics were set into a very wearable demi-parure. The original 19th century box is included.
This set is an example of the Egyptian archaeological revival style. The mysterious symbols of ancient Egypt became very popular in jewellery in the period the Suez Canal was constucted, and archaeological artifacts were filling museums. The winged scarab was associated with the divine manifestation of the early morning sun Khepri, because the beetle rolls it’s egg ball along the ground, like the Egyptian god pushes the sun across the sky. Since the young scarab emerges out of a dung egg ball placed in the ground the year before, the scarab appears in tomb gifts and hieroglyphs as a symbol for resurrection or rebirth.
Period Ca. 1870 the mosaic is Italian in origin
Size Brooch 45 x 21 mm Earrings 45 x 13 mm
Weight 19,1 grams
Condition Very good
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