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L'INCONNUE DE LA SEINE/DIE UNBEKANNTE AUS DER SEINE/THE UNKNOWN WOMAN OF THE SEINE: Who was L'Inconnue de la Seine? According to legend, she was a young country girl who committed suicide by throwing herself into the Seine in Paris. She was fished out the river and brought to the morgue where a young doctor, moved by her quiet beauty and enigmatic smile, made a death mask of her face. Some say he was driven mad by love for her and later threw himself into the Seine to finally meet her in its watery embrace. Others say the story is pure myth. L'Inconnue de la Seine was made from the living face of a German mask maker's teenage daughter and he grew rich selling copies of the mask which hung on the walls of every true and wanna-be European artist and poet at the beginning of the 20th century. No one knows for sure. What is known is that this mask has inspired generations of artists and writers from Rilke to Nabokov to Camus to Man Ray. Personally I think she is a Siren. Look at her image long enough and you will hear her song. I promise it will seduce you.

Necklace handmade with a detail from an original photograph from Augenblick Photo of the mask L'Inconnue de la Seine. Round pendant is hand sculpted out of polymer clay. The back is made of faux marble polymer clay that has been imprinted with vintage lace, painted with black acrylic paint and then sanded for a distressed look. Side of the photograph have also been painted in black and then layered with several coats of varnish. The frame is a circle of raw copper. The pendant dangles from a raw copper chain and is finished with an antique copper clasp. The copper will darken and develop a natural patina over time, but it can easily be polished with a jewelry polishing cloth if a shinier look is desired.

Necklace made entirely by hand by Rebeccah von Schlieffen in her apartment in Berlin Kreuzberg.

Though the varnish helps protect the photograph, please note it is still only water resistant but not water proof, so please avoid getting wet.

Size of pendant: with brass frame hook, nearly 2.5 cm/1 inch
Entire length of chain: 47 cm/18.5 inches

Item is made to order and may differ slightly from the one photographed. Please wait 2 to 3 days before item is shipped. Thanks.

To view miniature woodblocks mounted with a similar detail, please click here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/67562857/linconnue-de-la-seine-deconstructed

As shown in the final picture, this necklace also looks great layered with some of my other L'Inconnue de la Seine pieces. To view other necklace, please click here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/73195095/linconnue-de-la-seine-close-up-statement

For more original photographs and wearable art jewelry, please visit my shop: http://www.augenblickphoto.etsy.com

L'Inconnue de la Seine Deconstructed Necklace No 1 The Eye LAST ONE


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: original photograph, varnish, glue, vintage lace, acrylic paint, raw copper, sterling silver
  • Ships worldwide from Germany
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