Fabulous detailed figural brooch features a resin face set in brushed gold plated metal. This measures almost 2 1/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches at its widest. Although unsigned, it is undoubtedly attributed to Selro. Many times the jewelry was marked with hang tags which was removed before wearing. Condition of this brooch is fine with no issues.
Paul Selenger founded the company and named it after his mother Rose. Selro was first, followed by Selini in an attempt to differentiate the two. Selro jewelry tends to be more figural while jewelry marked Selini features excellent quality classic rhinestone designs, often made with enameled accents. The company was in business for about 10 years, between the 1950's and 1960's.
Many collectors call this type of figural brooch the Noh mask. Such masks were a part of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. The mask carver tries to instill a variety of emotions in the mask. There were originally about 60 basic types of Noh masks, but today there are well over 200 different kinds in use.
It is up to the performer to imbue the mask with emotion. One of the techniques used in this task is to slightly tilt the mask up or down. With terasu (tilting upwards) the mask appears to be slightly smiling or laughing and the expression lightens somewhat (as in this brooch). Kumorasu (tilting downwards), produces a slight frown and can express sadness or crying.