According to Tawny Sherrill in “Fleas, Fur, and Fashion: Zibellini as Luxury Accessories of the Renaissance:
“Perhaps one of the most curious fashions of all time is the luxury fur piece of the late fifteenth and sixteenth century. In its simplest form, this was the pelt of a marten or sable worn draped over the wearer’s shoulders or arm, or carried in the hand. At its most extravagant, the animal’s skin featured a jeweled head, and often paws, of gold or crystal, and the whole was generally attached by a ring on the muzzle to a chain and worn on a girdle.”
There are at least three actual heads still in existence that I am aware of these include, a fairly simple one, one that is crystal and wearing a jeweled harness, and one that is very elaborate include many jewels and what appears to be
enamelling. I made attempts trying to figure out to make one similar to the very elaborate one, so far I have not been particularly successful.
The one that appears fairly
simple is basically plain gold with darkly jeweled eyes and white teeth. This one appeared simple yet interesting and so I tried to make something similar using Sculpey instead of actual gold or metal, golden spray paint for gilding, white acrylic paint in place of what I think is
enamelling on the teeth, and black painted pearls for the jeweled eyes.
The final outcome looked decent, if a bit creepy but did not fit well with the mink pelts I planned to convert instead of the using marten or sable as was originally done.