Bacchante
 
 
  • Material: Sardonyx Shell, 9K marked on the "C" clasp.
  •  Size: 1 3/8" by 1 6/32".
  •  Date and Origin: Circa 1870 Italy, frame  could be English.
  • Conditions: A tiny piece of shell lost on the left side, see pictures. Not noticeable by naked eye.
Museum Quality cameo depicting a Bacchante. They were followers of Bacchus the God of wine (Dionysus is the Greek name). Bunches of grapes and wine leaves in her hair.  Even if this is a small cameo it is superbly carved, look how the carver used the shell to evidence her face, the wine leaves and the grapes and the clothes. This subject seems to jump out from the shell, everything is so realistic, the leaves and the bunch of grapes appear just to be put like a cascade on her hair, this cameo seems just like a sculpture.  The frame is lovely too, so elaborate and wonderful. This is another masterly carved cameo. A very desirable collectors piece, rare and museum quality cameo.