Bacchante
 
 
  • Material: Sardonyx Shell, 15K gold tested .
  •  Size: just over 2 3/8" by 2".
  •  Date and Origin: Circa 1870 Italy, frame  could be English.
  • Conditions: Excellent. A Gold leaf decoration on the left side of frame is lost.
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.  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.  This is one of most beautiful Bacchante I have ever seen, the pictures speak by themselves. 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.