For this weeks post I have found a beautiful contemporary piece of history (Storica is Italian and means historical in English) in this neckpiece, by Anna Fornari. It is made out of 18 karat gold and sealing wax. It touches subjects like identity and identification and made me think of soldiers wearing their name-tags around their neck.
Identification-symbols have been worn by men since ancient history. Signet rings are a good example of that. They have been used troughout history to make waxed seals and are a representative of historical-symbolical evolution. Anna Fornari, has been researching and working with seals and their traditions. In this piece, the Italian artist has translated history in a contemporary way, the history of mankind resting on the shoulders of today's people.
Unfortunately I won't be able to see this well-designed neckpiece for real, but it is presented at the Alternatives Gallery in Rome, Italy, as part of the exhibit 'I segni dell’identità' starting on the 22nd of November 2008!
Found thanks to Klimt02.