Ancient Roman Bronze Hare with Jade, Amber & Brass Necklace
- I am always a bit in awe of the ancient and this possibly Roman bronze hare is no exception. He has all the hallmarks of being genuinely Roman, but in any case, he is a charmer. With his ears thrown back in a classical hare pose, and with a warm and worn bronze patination, both on top and underneath the hare, he is a wonderful piece at 2 1/2 inches long, (6.5 cm) a 1/2 inch wide (1.5 cm) and 16 mm deep.
- He hangs on natural Botswana, 3 mm jade beads, on a necklace that is full of interest, texture and harmony.
- At the centre of the necklace and repeated throughout, are antique, bronzed Chinese coins, (25 mm), followed by two vintage, handmade brass beads (23 mm) from Turkestan. These are such fascinating beads in the way the brass wire has been looped or roped and applied to the brass body.
- Two Large vintage brass beads (27 mm) are from Ghana.
- Two handmade, manmade amber beads (22 mm) from Tibet are inlaid with turquoise and brass.
- At the top of the necklace, on either side, there are two natural Botswana jade beads (20 mm) in a natural rich green.
- In order to lighten the necklace and to make it more comfortable to wear, I have added flat knotting and button knots, in a sage silk/polyester cord. This is also a traditional Chinese technique.
- A 14ct gold vermeil toggle clasp has been used because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
- The necklaces come, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
- The necklace is 17 inches long (43 cm) with a 1 3/4 inch pendant drop (4.5 cm).