funeral mask ring
funeral mask ring
- hand forged in florence, italy
- one of a kind
- size: 10
- onyx and moonstone
- sterling silver
- antique finish
- original artifact : maschera funeraria (funeral mask) a man’s death mask crafted in silver laminate. a death mask was an etruscan funerary ritual in which a mold was taken from the deceased’s face. occasionally, these masks were used to form a visual ancestral-portrait of the family, other times they were worn at funerals to impersonate the deceased. death masks were typically only made for persons of high stature.
the etruscan collection's story
dating back to 768BCE, the etruscans were a ceaselessly driven civilization located throughout maremma, italy (modern day tuscany, italy). during their existence they were known as the cultural and economic leaders of the western mediterranean sea.
when death succumbed an etruscan of high stature, their remains were placed in tombs or graves surrounded by their fellow deceased aristocratic family. these tombs or graves were highly decorated with uniquely ornamented objects which were to accompany the deceased on their journey to the after life.
these hand-made works of metals and jewels are caitlin's representation of specific etruscan burial artifacts which she found particularly intriguing. each item depicted was discovered in the early 1900s and can now be seen at the national archaeological museum in florence, italy.
- CARE: this piece is handmade, therefore fragile. please handle with the utmost care to maintain it’s longevity. do not expose your piece to water and avoid unnecessary exposure to heat and moisture. to clean this ring never use chemicals, instead use a damp cloth and gently wipe clean. the black rhodium plating will naturally distress more with time & wear, gradually uncovering it’s beautiful sterling silver foundation.