Inspired by my obsession with Mano Figa's these lovelies are brought to life in jade and silver. The gesture of the thumb protruded between the pointer finger and middle finger has a variety of different meanings dating back nearly 8,000 years to the ancient Etruscans. It originated as an obscene gesture not unlike the middle finger, and was referred to as 'giving the thumb'. Mano means hand and Figa means fig, a slang term for female genitalia. The gesture is undeniably a reference to sex and female power. In ancient times it was worn as an incantation to The Goddess, a call for fertility, virility and good times (the fig also has close ties to Bacchus). Over time the symbol spread to other cultures and beginning in the early 17th century figas began to be produced in South America. Now they are commonly worn throughout Brazil and Peru as a symbol of protection against the evil eye. The obscenity of the gesture is said to distract Satan from his conquest for your soul.
Chain and clasp is silver fill.
Chain is 16"
Figas range from 1.5" to 2" including the silver bail.
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