Art Deco Era Taweret Egyptian Rotating Faience Seal Pendant in 14k Gold
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A charming Art Deco era pendant, modeled in 14k yellow gold, whose centerpiece is an Egyptian faience bead that rotates inside the pendant's oval, flat-wire frame. The glazed, blue-green, faience bead is crowned with a three-dimensional likeness of a hippopotamus— the little beast lounges on a pedestal, with her legs outstretched, and she seems to be smiling. This hippopotamus is intended to honor the goddess Taweret, who was much loved by the Egyptian people, being the goddess of life and fertility, and the protector of mothers and children. The bead's reverse side is carved with a hieroglyphic-style representation of Taweret— in this carving she stands on her hind legs, and her crocodile mouth is apparent. This is rare and wonderful jewel, with a sweet mystical quality. The riveted, mechanical elements are beautifully made, as is the pendant's frame and the smooth, open-back bezel. This hangs from a large, oval jump ring. It wears well, alone, on a slender chain, and also partners nicely with other meaningful pieces.
We do not know the exact age of the seal, but it is at least as old as the mount and is likely older.
mount: c. 1920 - 1930
Pendant drop is approx 1 1/16"; frame measures approx 15 x 19.7 mm; bead is approx 12 (l) x 9.4 (w)x 7.1 (h) mm.