Cléopatra de Mérode ( 1875 – 1966) was a French dancer of the Belle Époque. She was born in Paris, the daughter of Austrian landscape artist. At the age of eight, Cléo was sent to study dance and made her professional debut at age eleven. Cléo de Mérode became renowned for her glamour even more than for her dancing skills, and her image began appearing on such things as postcards and playing cards.
I created this unique miniature from wood, wire, clay, fabric, and paint- she stands a tiny 4 1/2" tall (11.4cm).
She wears a silk wrap gown of purple and aqua with gold fringe, and is decked out with silver chains and gold headband.
Her hair is real fiber and her face is hand painted for the final touch.