When British archeologist Howard Carter unearthed the magnificent treasures and splendor of King Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922, he introduced the world to a little known boy king and sparked a global Egyptian revival craze fondly called "Tut-mania."
From art, film and architecture to fashion, hairstyles and jewelry, Egyptian motifs started appearing on everything! King Tut brand lemons, Old Egypt cigarettes, even President Herbert Hoover named his beloved dog after the boy prince. There was no escaping Tut-mania, and honestly who would want to?
Unlike some of the more overtly Egyptian inspired pieces of the day, this one is more subtle. It's also one of the more unique and interesting revival pieces we've seen.
This captivating pendant features two brass falcons perched back to back with one outstretched wing clutching each side of a beautiful 1 1/4" piece of faceted round amethyst Czech glass. In ancient Egypt, falcons were worshiped as a cosmic deity whose body represents the heavens and whose eyes represent the sun and the moon.
Nestled between the falcon heads in a small scarab, a symbol of immortality, resurrection and transformation.
Pendant comes on a beautiful antiqued brass belcher chain.
Date: 1920s Materials: Brass, Czech glass Measurements: Pendant: 1 5/8" x 1 1/4" Chain: 20" Markings: None Condition: Very Good
Metal shows light signs of wear consistent with age. Brass has an overall patina and some faint verdigris in spots. It is more visible in the photos than to the naked eye. Falcons have some rough edges, which is how it was made. Necklace clasp is not original.