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Victorian Carved Coral Figa Necklace
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The mano fico, also called "figa", is an Italian amulet of ancient origin. Mano means "hand" and fico or figa means "fig," with the idiomatic slang connotation of a woman's, um, fig? It's used as an amulet to ward off the evil eye, much like other hand talismans including the hamsa hand, the eye-in-hand, the mano cornuta or horned hand. This one was made around 1860 in coral, a favorite magical material of ancient Romans.

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  • Materials

    10k gold (tests), coral, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 1/8" x 1/2", 18" chain

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18371901

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Coral jewelry has been worn as an amulet of protection against ailments and danger since ancient Rome.

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Amulets:Charms of Power and Protection

An amulet is a personal ornament that protects the wearer from adversity, misfortune, illness, and even death.