funeral mask

funeral mask

  • hand forged in florence, italy

  • one of a kind

  • size: 10

  • onyx and moonstone

  • sterling silver

  • antique finish

  • created through ritual and ceremony with positive and loving intentions

    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.

onyx energetic properties: strength giving. provides support in difficult or confusing circumstances and during times of mental or physical stress.

-moonstone energetic properties: a stone of new beginnings. strongly connected to the moon and intuition. the stone is reflective and reminds us that as the moon waxes and wanes, so everything is part of a cycle of change. calms the emotions.

caitlin cimino jewelry is art in the form of fine jewelry and needs to be cared for and worn in an environment you would wear an art piece. please thoroughly read and agree to the policies prior to purchasing. 

crystals and plant material used in caitlin cimino jewelry and apothecary are not intended to cure or prevent any disease, disorder, etc.

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