The weighty, double-ridged shape of this bracelet is drawn from North African head ornaments and anklets, fused together in the center of the piece, but separating slightly towards the ends. The internal script reads "Currit Rota / Urcens Exit," lines from the Roman poet, Horace, describing an artist who dreamed of creating beautiful amphorae but produced only pots. In Les Misérables, Victor Hugo reversed the meaning of this phrase to describe the unlikely existence of le gamin, a street urchin of incredible character that seemed to spring from nothing. "Wait, currit rota, the life of Paris, that demon which creates the children of chance and the men of destiny, reversing the work of the Latin potter, makes of the jug a costly vase."
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