- Material: Hardstone 18 kt gold tested.
- Date and Origin: 1870 ca Italy, mounting is English.
- Conditions: A tiniest chip on his helmet, just above his ear. Nothing which detracts beauty or value and not noticeable by naked eyes, mentioned for accuracy.
- Measures: 2" x 1 5/8" including the frame
More than Museum Quality Cameo depicting Ajax, portrayed in profile. This is a cameo of surpassing beauty an incredible work of art and very detailed, carved by an artist. This cameo is after a Roman or Greek bust of Ajax, found in Rome (see picture below, it is a reproduction of the antique original). Rarest cameo and subject very desirable collectors' piece.
Please note the beauty of the profile and its expressivity, the large profusion of details masterfully carved and overall the reality of the face features , of the neck's muscles, you can even see a vein on his neck looking at the next pictures, all these details are exclusively due to the skill of a great master carver of the past.
A bit of History:
Ajax was a mythological Greek hero, the son of Telamon and Periboea and king of Salamis. He is one of the main heroes in Homer's Iliad
and in the Epic Cycle, a series of epic poems about the Trojan War. To distinguish him from Ajax, son of Oileus, he is called "Greater Ajax," or "Ajax the Great" or "Telamonian Ajax," In Homer's Iliad he is described as of great stature , the tallest and strongest of all the Achaeans, second only to his cousin Achilles in skill-at-arms. He was trained by the centaur Chiron (who had also trained his father, Telamon, and Achilles' father Peleus), at the same time as Achilles. Aside from Achilles, Ajax is the most valuable warrior in Agamemnon's army. He commands his army wielding a great hammer and a huge shield made of seven ox-hides with a layer of bronze. He is not wounded in any of the battles described in theIliad
. You can see the centaur Chiron carved on his helmet too. This cameo is after a marble bust of Ajax, in Rome. The frame is simple but elegant, 15 kt gold. A very desirable cameo for any collector.