Cameo of the Virgin Mary
 
 
  • Material: Sardonyx Shell, 9 k gold tested.
  • Sizes: 1 2/8" by 1”.
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1870 Italy. 
  • Conditions: Excellent
Excellent quality cameo depicting the Virgin Mary, despite its small size the carving is fine  and the details are well rendered. Unusual shell shape. The face is very sweet and she really seems to have real eye lash. A lovely small cameo finely carved. . Collectors know that carving a fine cameo on a small shell is harder than carve one on larger shell, small finely carved cameos are rare and this one is one of the few really finely carved. Everything in this cameo is superb, a true masterpiece to collect.