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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.

Handmade necklace featuring an original Augenblickphoto photograph photo stone printed on white plastic. Pendant has the organic shape of the original stone. Image has been sealed with matte varnish and dangles from a matte gunmetal chain. Lightweight and comfortable.

I am currently out of matte gunmetal chain so this necklace will be made with a copper chain instead. For an example of the chain I will use, please click here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/97250488/in-the-stillness-of-her-room-photo

Size of pendant: 2 by 1.5 cm/nearly 1 inch by .5 inch
Entire length of chain: 42 cm/17 inches

Please note that this necklace will be made to order so yours may vary slightly from the one shown here.

To see the original photo stone, please click here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/78853502/linconnue-de-la-seine-original-mask

For the original photograph, please click here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/76279638/bogo-sale-linconnue-de-la-seine-original

To visit my shop, please click here: http://www.augenblickphoto.etsy.com

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Rebeccah Dean von Schlieffen

L'Inconnue de la Seine Original Mask Photo Stone Necklace



  • Handmade item
  • Materials: white plastic, original photograph, matte varnish, matte gunmetal chain, copper findings
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from Germany
  • Feedback: 220 reviews
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