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It’s the face of the arts, it’s the root of the arts.
The comedy and tragedy symbol dates back to Greek Mythology and has been the central representation of the creative arts for decades. Going back to Ancient Greece, it is said these masks were used in early plays to represent the emotions the characters were feeling. It was easier for audience members who were sitting far away from the stage to see the masks and the emotions they were portraying.
Statement to the arts, and always connected back to theatre are these gorgeous and rare Comedy and Tragedy masks early Victorian Cameo earrings.
These superb Victorian gold and shell cameo earrings depict two antique theatre masks as image. Exceptionally hand carved, both the curly hair, and the expressions are evident.
Both cameos are clasped within ovals of 14 kt yellow gold. Each is surmounted by graduated gold beads characteristic of the period.
Classic, and dating to the early years of Victorian era, these are a superlative example of the impressive delicacy and detail of the period utilizing neoclassical motifs.
Both earrings with original back to front wire, made for pierced ears, gorgeous, meaningful, scarce and perhaps they are the top part of bigger set of earrings able to survive many decades.
Artfully crafted during Victorian era in 14 Kt yellow gold, tested.
Great to start your own collection of antiques or to add, perfect gift for art and history lovers. Great conversation starter.
14 Kt yellow gold, tested
2 oval shell cameo depicting hand carved tragedy and comedy masks measuring approx 15.6 mm- 12.8 mm and 15.4 mm- 13.4 mm ;
each earring is 15.7 mm wide and 16.4mm high
very good overall condition