Featured Pendant...any idea who this person is?

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by wenna, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. wenna

    wenna Well-Known Member

    Country of origin? Is this is a religious figure? I am at a loss. 2 1/4" wide by 3" tall (including bail). The pearly middle layer that the central figure is placed on is bringing up memories from my childhood. I don't know why I buy stuff like this. IMG_E0171[1].jpg IMG_E0172[1].jpg IMG_E0173[1].jpg IMG_E0174[1].jpg
     
  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I'll throw in the first WAG: St. Nicholas.
     
  3. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  4. wenna

    wenna Well-Known Member

    Yes! With that, I found one with a different figure (still described as St Nicholas) on the same exact background. Thank you!
     
  5. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Kinda looks like a goldish foil...???
     
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  6. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    A Hamsa on a Christian piece?
     
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  7. Ex Libris

    Ex Libris Well-Known Member

  8. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    I'd agree Eastern Orthodox. Coptic, even.
     
  9. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I thought it was Edward I right off the bat, but... I'm a heathen Baptist.
     
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  10. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

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    I don’t think it’s the same shape as a Hamsa Hand, if that’s what you meant.
     
  11. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    You are right.
     
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  12. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    It is pretty close, though! Good eye. :)
     
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  13. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I think any bishop/doctor of the Church may be depicted with a Bible. This one says 'NIK' on it, hence Nicholas. It is not written in Cyrillic, it's Greek, an abbreviation for Άγιος Νικόλαος.

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    https://www.hellenic-art.com/st.-nicholas-en.html
     
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  14. wenna

    wenna Well-Known Member

    The shape reminded me of a hamsa also. And my first impression of the figure was 'Greek Orthdox'. The two didn't seem to go together though...
     
  15. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Hamsas were used in some Europeans regions as well, except their hamsas had the usual five fingers, not seven like this one.:playful:

    The protective charms below are from Bavaria (the word Bayern in the caption means Bavaria). We see those Bavarian filigree hands regularly where I am, they are always sold as Moroccan.;)

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  16. Kathy Anderson

    Kathy Anderson Well-Known Member

    Me thinks it's perchance more tribal than polished? Perhaps Middle East?
     
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  17. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    I know virtually nothing about Christian iconography but thought of the similarity to the hamsa also and flashed that there’s so much cross cultural appropriation throughout history.
     
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  18. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    While I'm reminded of the shells brought back by pilgrims to the Holy Land. Think St. James has one for a symbol.
     
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  19. Ex Libris

    Ex Libris Well-Known Member

    St. Nicholas has mostly a bishop's staff and a book.
     
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  20. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Maybe @Mat recognizes it?:)
     
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