This vintage rare Selro Selini jewellery is in outstanding condition. This signed SELINI cream Noh mask necklace and earrings set is very rare. Both the necklace and clip on earrings are signed – which is unusual because not many of the Selini or Selro pieces were signed. The necklace has two signatures – the clasp itself is signed SELINI and the back of the head on the clasp is signed SELRO. The earrings are signed SELINI.
The Noh mask Okina (Hakushikijyo) originated in Japan and is of a male with a beard expressing wisdom. The Okina mask takes its origin from the traditional Genryu style of Noh play called “Dance of Monkeys”. Some people mistakenly call it a demon face or demon mask. He has a lovely smile though so could not be mistaken for a demon;)
The necklace features two strands of creamy 10mm lucite beads. One of the strands is slightly shorter. They come together is the fantastic Noh face clasp – which is intended to be shown at the side when worn. It is just one of the most beautiful pieces of plastic jewellery I have ever come across and considering it dates form the 1950s is in excellent vintage condition with only slight tarnish on the metal. The beads and string are in amazing clean and undamaged condition.
The necklace is accompanied by a gorgeous set of clip on earrings featuring the cheeky Noh mask face in the same cream colour. Also in excellent vintage condition with very slight tarnish to the metal.
This is an amazing and rare set.
The necklace weighs 74 grams and the earrings each weigh 8 grams. The shortest necklace measures 60 cm and the earrings measure 1.8 cm wide and 2.4 com long. Presented in a beautiful satin drawstring bag.
About SELRO and SELINI jewellery
Although often used together the jewellrey is rarely from both SELRO (which was a company started in the US in the 1940s by Paul Selenger) and SELINI which was another company run by Selenger. Selenger was responsible for the design of Selenger/Selini pieces.
Famous for the ‘Many faces’ of Selro – the jewellery featured Asian faces and this is what the company is most famous for.
Much of Selro/Selini jewelry is unsigned and was originally hang-tagged. There are some clues, however, to identifying unmarked Selro/Selini jewelry. Much of what is sold as SELRO/SELINI is not actually produced by them. Signed pieces are very rare.