Latin America, Mexico, ca. 18th century CE. A hand-carved/painted wood severed head of Saint John the Baptist tilted and bleeding after his execution. The visage comprised of inlaid glass staring eyes, parted downturned mouth, sallow skin, and realistic bone structure is uncannily naturalistic and displays the high key emotional and dramatic influences of Spanish Art. Silver halo.
One platinum, Art Deco, lady's ring featuring one central cabochon-cut, angel-skin coral, set in a low bezel. The coral is very unusually cut as it has a carved decorative border at the base of the stone. The coral is framed with prong-set single-cut diamonds, further detailed with stylized diamond set chevrons, meeting the shank.