Egyptian Revival Brooch
Having just written about Egyptial Revival, we have just bought this example. This brooch dates from the second revival. The first, in 1870, followed the opening of the Suez Canal. The second, which occured during the Art Deco period, was in the 1920s, following Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb.
Typical symbols included symbols Sphynx, Scarabs, Pharaohs, Obelisks, Pyramids, and of course dog, cat and bull headed gods.
This brooch has a large round amethyst, cut as a cabochon, and enamelled side sections, set with diamonds, all in a winged design. The feathers on the wings are carved beautifully, and the piece is precise and in excellent condition.
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