What creature is this brooch and why is it so special?
A winged ibex, it is a 1970s design based on a 4th century handle for a metal amphora shaped vessel made in ancient Persia, now modern Iran. See last image.
The detail of the ancient piece was achieved using the lost wax technique. It has been suggested that this piece of art resembles both the god Bes and the Greek god Silenus, which may indicate that it was designed by a Greek artisan.
You can see the Winged Ibex handle in the Louvre Museum, Paris.
The modern brooch is a whimsical version of this culturally significant art work from 400 BCE of and a comparatively recent event of the 1970s.
The brooch was designed and produced to celebrate the 2,500th Year of the Foundation of the Imperial State of Iran. A tented city was created in Persepolis.
This national event in Iran was attended by all of the world’s elite and watched by the world via television. A luxurious banquet for 600 guests was served on bespoke Spode porcelain. No cost was spared for the delight and comfort of these guests over the three days of celebrations.
Regular folk could feel part of this prestigious and fashionable event through the purchasing and wearing of jewellery that reflected the culture, style and trends created by this global event.
And now you can!
Gold plated metal. Hand painted silver enamel wings.
7 x 5 cm
Excellent vintage condition. Unworn.
Even heavy brooches can be worn on modern garments using a supportive brooch sponge. FIND OUT HOW
If required, your brooch will include a complimentary sponge and will be packed securely and decoratively.
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