c1892 Egyptian Revival Flying Snakes 12ct Gold Enamels Brooch


A stunningly beautiful British made Egyptian revival Brooch representing jewelled golden double winged pair of snakes, with a central green peridot stone.

The wings are decorated in coloured enamels. The brooch is made of 12 carat yellow gold, a rare gold purity, that was introduced in the Victorian period and stopped early in the 20th century. The 2 winged snakes represent the goddesses Eilethya and Mersokar. The outstretched wings are decorated in blue, white and red enamels. The reverse is stamped 12ct representing 500 purity. Condition is extremely good, without damage to the enamels.

The Egyptian Revival movement in decorative styles was initiated in those heady days in Paris when Napoleon returned from Egypt with a treasure trove of design inspiration. The aesthetic was given additional impetus by milestones such as the raising of the Luxor obelisk in the Place de la Concorde, the building of the Suez Canal, decryption of the Rosetta Stone, and a plethora of other amazing discoveries. The apex of Egyptomania was achieved when Carter located the Tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922. All this fuel for design inspiration provided jewellers with the motivation to create jewels in the Egyptian taste for.

Eilethya and Mersokar were lesser gods and were the custodians of the deceased in their travel to the Underworld. They are often represented wearing the crown of the Lower and Upper kingdoms respectively and are also protectors of the kingdom.

Size Brooch: 4 cm (1 9/16 inches)
Size case: 6.25 cm (2 ½ inches)
Weight: 18 g