Sterling silver tragedy theater mask charm, cast in 3D repousse and faceted so the light catches the silver from every angle.
Sock and Buskin theater masks are two ancient symbols of comedy and tragedy. In Greek theater, actors in tragic roles wore a boot called a buskin as a sign of their higher status; Comedic actors wore a thin-soled shoe called a sock. These masks are sometimes described as “Laugh Now, Cry Later.” May the arts always bring you far more laughter than tears!
This “buskin” charm is beautifully sculpted to illustrate the depth of sorrow in the face of tragic events. Given the technique and style of the charm, I believe it is a vintage 1980s piece. This is not one of the charms from my family, though, so the date is just an educated guess.
This silver tragedy theater mask measures approximately .75 inches long (20 mm) and weighs 2 grams. This piece is marked .925, confirming it is sterling silver. It has been polished by hand; No corrosive solvents or dips were used.
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Please take your time with the photos and consider them part of the description. Charms are properly installed when the jump ring is soldered closed. Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to check out the many sock & buskin designs available in my shop! Purchases from the WhyteWing website benefit The Trevor Project, but if you are more comfortable shopping through a platform like Etsy, this buskin charm is listed in my shop there as well.
.75″, 2 grams