FABERGÉ – OBSIDIAN INTAGLIO OF A YOUNG MAN IN A FANTASY LANDSCAPE PLAYING THE FLUTE

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FABERGÉ – OBSIDIAN INTAGLIO OF A YOUNG MAN IN A FANTASY LANDSCAPE PLAYING THE FLUTE

Period / Age: 19th Century AD


Provenance: Private English Collection, Private US Collection

Dimensions:

Height: 10cm (4")
Length: 5.7cm (2.3")

The subject is the God Lel (or Lelya, Lelo, Lubitsch).
Lel is the God of erotic passion in the mythology of the ancient Slavs. He is the son of Lada, the Goddess of beauty and love.
Lel is the twin brother of Polel – the patron of marriage (because marriage must follow passion).
In contrast to Lada, Lel’s main duty is not to love but a passion. His powers are the strongest during spring and midsummer nights.
Lel is portrayed as a golden-haired winged baby, just like his mother Lada.
When compared to other mythologies, Lel is very similar to the Greek or the Roman Cupid/Eros. The only difference is that Cupid/Eros strikes hearts using arrows, whereas Lel burns with his ardent flame.
He is also portrayed as a beautiful and cheerful fair-haired young shepherd who is playing a gentle melody of love, on his magic flute; and that awakens the passion in the hearts of men and women.
In early cultures, the flute played an important role in the realm of magic and was very closely linked to the hereafter and the spirit world with its gods.
The flute instrument is often shown as being played by gods or symbolises a god’s voice


The gilded silver setting, embellished with relief patterns.

In an original Fabergé fitted case.

SIGNED: FABERGE, ’88’ silver standard and the master’s initials ‘EK’ for Erik Kollin (1836-1901) – one of the famous Fabergé workmaster.

CONDITION: Overall condition very good. The item is described to the best of our knowledge.