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A Gold Fly Locket Brooch

English, c.1890

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in yellow gold with ribbed body and six legs, the thorax, eyes and wings meticulously engraved with veining and hairs, the wings pivoted so they open to reveal a glazed compartment beneath.

Length: 4.2cm

In antiquity the fly had divine connotations, representing the omnipresence of a deity. It is also associated with surviving and thriving against adversity.