14ct Early 19th Century Coral Figa Pendant

The Curio


A glorious early 19th century coral figa, this playful and outstanding Italian example has all that one could need in a piece from this peculiar category of jewel. I began collecting figs just before quarantine hit, and have taken much of 2020 to study their superstitious and occult symbolism. No expense was spared in the creation of this rare, orange example, from her turquoise bracelet to her hand engraved cap; even the ring our figa clasps boasts a nipple-esque finial. Not to mention the exceptional carving of each charm hanging from her fixture, the largest being an orientalist capped and wound branch flanked by a pepper cornicello, a barrel or perhaps a well, an anthropomorphic serpentine pipe, and finally an unfortunately truncated phallus, complete the selection. I will be most bereft when this exceptional example goes leaves us, but I am certain that it will be an unparalleled prize in its new home.


Materials and Features: 14ct gold, coral, turquoise stone

Age/Origin: 19th century, Italian

Marks: -None-


Weight: 7.82 grams

Dimensions: 58mm total length; 26mm top figa hand (not including bale); 6mm bale

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear. 

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14ct Early 19th Century Coral Figa Pendant

Sale price Price $2,750.00 Regular price