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Ref  HB2  Coral Figa

A substantial gold and coral figa fetish, circa 1840. Fetish refers to the attribution of protective and magical qualities to inanimate objects. Coral was regarded as the most potent protective material and the figa was an Italian apotropaic amulet of ancient origin used for protection against the jettatura [evil eye]. The figa was widely used as an amulet in Southern European countries, not exclusively in Italy. This coral figa wears a turquoise bracelet and grasps small gold bells. It is 1 and 3/4 inches long and 1/2 an inch wide. Well modelled and immaculate.

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Infanta Maria Ana holding a coral figa, [Juan Pantajo de la Cruz, 1607].

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