An excellent Egyptian Revivalist snake bangle dating from the 1930s. It's crafted in Niello silver, with a river Nile landscape scene decorating its body, and geometric scales and detailing to the head and tail.
This is large circumference and striking statement bangle that is worn high on the forearm between the wrist and elbow. In 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun triggering a fresh wave of Egyptomania that influenced the Art Deco movement and writers like Agatha Christie. Egyptian Revival jewellery came back into fashion, and demand for Egyptian-themed pieces such as this one boomed!
This magnificent period bracelet is iconic of those heady times and a love token to boot, the snake motif represents eternal love and desire, it's a real must have piece for any avid collector of antique jewellery!
Niello is an ancient technique similar to enamelling but instead of glass a black mixture of silver, copper, lead, and sulphur is mixed into a paste and applied to the silver and fired until it melts and sets. Neillo work decoration has been used throughout history by many cultures including the Byzantines, Romans, Islamic world, and the Far East.
MATERIAL: sterling silver
ERA: 1930, Art Deco
MEASUREMENTS: internal circumference: 9" (23cm), internal diameter: 2-3/4" (7cm) and approx. 7mm wide
WEIGHT: 31.7 grams
CONDITION: in very, very good condition, light surface scratches commensurate with age and no dents or dings
HALLMARKS: none, acid tested and verified sterling silver
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Materials: Sterling Silver, Enamel.