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Victorian 15k Gold Lucky Manu Fica Pendant

$2,800.00

Victorian 15k Gold Lucky Manu Fica Pendant

$2,800.00


Description

DATE: Victorian, c.1900

The Manu Fica (aka figa, fig hand, mano fico) is an ancient obscene gesture, intended to figuratively represent sexual union. It was used to ward of the Evil Eye, apparently on the assumption that evil can be repelled by obscenity; that even demons will flee from the notion of sex/reproduction. The fig (fica in Latin) was a fruit sacred to Bacchus, and associated by the Romans with female fertility and eroticism. Among Early Christians, the gesture was known as the manus obscena, or "obscene hand".

Although it has long since fallen out of use in Italy, the fig hand is still used as a rude gesture in certain parts of Greece, Turkey, Korea, and Madagascar. In Japan, Indonesia, and the Netherlands it's a gesture symbol for sexual intercourse, and in Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Croatia, and Serbia it's used when denying a request, or refusing to do something. In many other countries, the UK and US included, the gesture is - bizarrely - only really used as part of a game where one person pretends to steal the other's nose.

This one's an outstanding antique example in solid 15 karat gold, circa 1900. Already a potent enough symbol, this one features a series of good luck charms engraved around the cuff - a horseshoe, anchor, four-leaf clover, number 13 - as well as a rope bracelet around the wrist.

MEASUREMENTS 

33.1 x 9.1 x 7.3mm

WEIGHT 

9.4g

MARKS 

No marks present, tests as 15k gold

CONDITION 

Very good

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