Vintage/antique IVORY jewelry
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Mortality & Immortality ivory pendant Georgian Circa 1800 - A double-headed ivory carving, circa 1800, an allegory of mortality and immortality. One side depicts a skull with hollow eyes and the other the head of Christ. Probably originally a rosary bead, the carving has a silver pendant fitting. It is 1 and 1/8 inches long, 3/4 of an inch wide and immaculate
Rosary, ca. 1500–1525 German Ivory, silver, partially gilded mounts Each bead of the rosary represents the bust of a well-fed burgher or maiden on one side, and a skeleton on the other. The terminals, even more graphically, show the head of a deceased man, with half the image eaten away from decay. Such images served as reminders that life is fleeting and that leading a virtuous life as a faithful Christian is key to salvation.
This impressive ivory comb features the eight Chinese Gods from the Dao Temple, home of Taoism. The artist portrayed the immortals crossing the sea. Respectively, they represent incarnations of the Chinese people: male, female, old, young, rich, noble, poor, and humble. Zhang Guolao’s drum can augur life. Lu Dongbin’s sword can subdue evil. Han Xingzi’s flute can cause growth. He Xiangu’s Water Lily can cultivate people through meditation. Tie Guaili’s gourd can ...
VICTORIAN ivory cameo brooch with full lady's face. It is a classic profile which is not marred by the striation of ivory grain that is visible at the right side of her face. The twist design frames her beautifully and is typical of this style. According to Rowan in "Nineteenth Century Cameos" page 122, the French were the makers of most ivory cameos and cherubs and this is probably from Dieppe, France, where most of the carving took place.