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14k gold vintage MOUTH OF TRUTH charm ROME Italy
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14k gold vintage MOUTH OF TRUTH charm ROME Italy

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Sold Date: 04/03/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Source: eBay

You are looking at a solid 14k yellow gold charm of the MOUTH OF TRUTH. La Bocca della Verit� ( "the Mouth of Truth") is a renowned image, carved from Pavonazzetto marble, of a man-like face and located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy. The sculpture is thought to be part of an ancient Roman fountain, or perhaps a manhole cover, portraying one of several possible pagan gods. The most famous characteristic of the Mouth, however, is its role as a lie detector. Starting from the Middle Ages, it was believed that if one told a lie with his hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. The piece was placed in the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in the 17th century. The Mouth of Truth is most well known from its appearance in the 1953 film Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. 5/8" wide, 6/8" tall , 3mm thick, heavy at 6.54 grams. It is in excellent condition and is stamped, tested, and guaranteed to be 14k gold. Sales are final. Fantastic piece, looks 100% better in hand. 04.02.019
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