Pt 1- 17h C Coral Figa

Pt 1- 17h C Coral Figa

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HOLD DONT SHIP UNTIL PT 2 PAID An Italian amulet of ancient origin, "Mano Figa" (mano meaning hand and figa meaning fig, a slang term for a woman's genitalia) represents a hand gesture in which the thumb is thrust between the curled index and middle fingers, imitating heterosexual intercourse. The logic here was that since the Evil Eye worked by drying up the generative fluids, a gesture of the sexual act could counteract it.

This hand charm could be made as an apotropaic gesture or worn as an amulet, usually made of silver, though older Neapolitan Mano charms were also carved of Blood Coral. The Neapolitan custom of making such charms from silver, which is sacred to the Moon goddess, Luna, and Blood Coral, sacred to the sea goddess, Venus, hints at the cultural survival of a link between the other Mano amulets and the vulva gesture of the Mano Figa in ancient Roman goddess worship, and in reference to their male, modernly equated with the Devil or Horned God.

This example features a mano figa gripping a massive bouquet of flowers with an 18k top. I've had only a handful (pun viciously intended) of 17th-century jewels, and this chunky hand has been hanging out in my jewelry box for too long; Italian, painting worthy, we're talking post-Baroque drama.


Materials and Features: coral

Age/Origin: 17th C

Measurements: 16.1 grams, 1.75"

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.  

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Pt 1- 17h C Coral Figa
Pt 1- 17h C Coral Figa
Pt 1- 17h C Coral Figa
Pt 1- 17h C Coral Figa

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