Early 20th C. Ginkgo Leaf & Beetle Brooch
The ginkgo leaf motif has woven its way through centuries of Japanese poetry, art, ceramics and as decorations on weapons. The ginkgo, dating back 270 million years to the Permian era is a “living fossil”. Acclaimed as the national tree of China, the ginkgo is grown only in a few regions of that widespread country. Although regarded as a symbol of peace, ginkgo is currently perceived as a homeopathic element associated with memory improvement.
The well recognized botanical is realistically represented in all its bi-lobed wonder paired with an actual iridescent beetle to create a unique piece of jewelry. The fauna-flora combination is well suited as the iridescent green, bronze and gold hues of the beetle coordinate well with the gilded metal ginkgo leaf accented with a green coloration.
Date: Earlier 20th century.
Measurements: 1-5/16 inches (3.3 cm) in length by 2-1/2 inches 6.2 cm) in width. Weight of 10.8 grams (6.9 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; missing right back leg of beetle only visible if viewed closely.
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