Antique Doves of Pliny Carved Horn Victorian Brooch
The most important surviving encyclopedia from the ancient world, Roman
statesman Pliny the Elder's Natural History is unparalleled as a guide to the
cultural meanings of everyday things in 1st-century Rome. He died while
observing the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. The image of doves drinking
from a fountain has been associated with him for centuries and found on this
lovely brooch. I am not 100 percent sure, but I believe this is bone. I thought
the lining was woven hair but it is not. It is a woven thread. The thread is a
burgundy color, which most probably was a darker color originally and has faded
over time. The brooch measures approximately 2" x 1 3/4" ID-UNB5 .
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