- Material : Lava, 15k gold tested.
- Size: 2" by 1 6/8" only cameo is 1 5/8" by 1 3/8"
- Date and Origin: Circa 1860/1870 Italy, frame could be English.
- Conditions: Mint
Museum Quality Cameo depicting Athena Parthenos, after a sculpture of Phidias. The original statue was lost but there are several Roman copies located in Italian, French and Greek Museums. Athena is here portrayed with her sumptous helmet with a Greek sphynx in the middle and winged horses on the side, On her breast there is the head of Medusa that Perseus gave her after he killed the Gorgon. This one is rare cameo carved on lava stone. It is not easy to find this subject carved on lava and harder finding it in so mint conditions. Don't miss the chance to own a rare work of art incredibly and wonderfully carved like this one. The frame, in Etruscan revival style, is wonderful and made of 15 k gold. This is an incredible work of art, very detailed cameo, carved by an artist. Rarest cameo and subject very desirable collectors' piece.
A bit of history:
In the Greek mythology Athena, daughter of Zeus, was the goddess of Wisdom, of the Weaving, of the Arts, and, presumably, of the noblest sides of the War, while the violence and the cruelty were part of the dominion of Ares.The sacred symbols were the owl and the olive. She is almost always represented with a helmet or a shield and with the Aegis (a short armour with fringes) with in the center the head of Medusa given by Perseus to Athena in sign of thanks for the help had when he faced the Medusa. Athena never had an husband or lover and for this she was known like Athena Parthenos (the Virgin Athena), from which the name of the most famous temple dedicated to her, the Parthenon on Athen's Acropolis.