Scarab and Satsuma Necklace - Insects
The vintage button featured in this necklace depicts a Scarab, an ancient Egyptian version of a stylized stag beetle.
Egyptian artistic elements gained renewed popularity in fashion and ornaments in the early twentieth century because of the unearthing of several ancient Egyptian archaeology sites culminating with King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1923.
Scarabs were the most common motif represented in Egyptian Revival fashion and symbolized rebirth and regeneration.
In this necklace, we paired the Scarab button with a lovely vintage Japanese Satsuma pottery button. Satsuma pottery is characterized by a cream-colored base decorated with an ivory crackle glaze. These beauties were manufactured for export from 1850 to 1950 and mostly depicted flowers, people in traditional dress, dragons, birds, and Japanese landscapes.
In this piece:
- Medium-sized antique brass scarab button, circa 1900-1918
- Mid-century vintage Japanese Satsuma flower button
- Large pronged brass stamping made in the USA in vintage dies
- Brass-plated pewter three-ring setting made in the US
- Hand-wrapped beads made of carnelian, vintage carved bone, and brass
- Twisted brass two-ring connectors
- Length is 17” with a 4” extender
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