Vintage hand carved bone and sterling silver FIGA hand pendant. Germany pdiv857
Vintage carved bone and sterling silver FIGA hand pendant. Germany
A vintage hand carved bone and sterling silver Figa hand pendant. Sterling silver cuff and bail. Purchased in Germany in the 1980s. The age of this piece is unknown but the style of the cuff suggests it is mid-century. Beautifully rendered with pigment in the carved crevices. Measures 3 inches x 1 inch.
The Mano Figo or Fig Hand dates back to Etruscan Italy and was used as a sexual talisman for fertility and virility. In 17th century Brazil it became a talisman against the Evil Eye. At any rate, the thumb through the fist is a provocative symbol with an interesting history and makes a great conversation piece.