ANTIQUE VICTORIAN HAND CARVED LAVA STONE MEDUSA EARRINGS CIRCA 1850
An exquisite pair of antique Victorian earrings depicting the Gorgon Medusa who was known in Greek mythology for her venomous stare which was said to turn any who gazed upon her to stone.
Each earring is hand carved from Volcanic Lava stone displaying expert high relief workmanship across each face with detailed wings and snakes slithering from the top of the head.
In the early 19th century during the 'Grand Tour' days of the English aristocracy, tourists who visited archaeological ruins in Italy brought Lava stone home as souvenirs and had them made into fabulous jewellery pieces that were created depicting Gods, heroes and creatures from ancient mythology.
The earrings are complete with 18ct Yellow Gold wires which hold these spectacular earrings in place. They are a unique antique find and steeped in history.
WEIGHT: 23.5 grams together
MEASURES: 25mm width x 27mm height x 15mm depth
METAL: 18ct Yellow Gold
STONES: Volcanic Lava stone
AGE: Victorian, Circa 1850
ITEM NUMBER: 19-766