ITEM: Vintage 14k Gold Amethyst Figa Charm
COMPOSITION: 14k Yellow Gold, Acid tested
CONDITION: Estate Item, Very Good
WEIGHT: 1.8 Grams
MEASUREMENT: 1 1/4" X 5/16"
MARKS: VIP. Acid tested to 14k standard.
COMMENTS: Craved of amethyst, you can see each individual finger in this Figa charm. There is a gold cap and bail so it can be worn as a pendant or added to a charm bracelet. Circa 1980's. Pictured as received from a local estate. Very good estate condition with minimal wear indicative of age.
The mano fico, also called figa, is an Italian amulet of ancient origin. Examples have been found from the Roman era, and it was also used by the Etruscans. Mano means "hand" and fico or figa means "fig," In some areas of the world, the gesture is considered a good luck charm; in others (including France, Greece, Russia, and Turkey among others), it is considered an obscene gesture. The precise origin of the gesture is unknown, but many historians speculate that it refers to female genitalia. In ancient Greece, this gesture was a fertility and good luck charm designed to ward off evil. This usage has survived in Portugal and Brazil, where carved images of hands in this gesture are used in good luck talismans.
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Figa Hand / Mano Fico Vintage Charm / Amulet Carved Amethyst 14k Gold