- Material: Cornelian Shell, 9k gold tested.
- Size: 2 5/8" by 2 2/8" - cameo itself is 2 1/8" 1 6/8".
- Date and Origin: Circa 1870 Italy.
- Conditions: A slightest natural shell line barely visible when cameo is backlit.
Museum Quality cameo depicting a very popular Victorian subject, Goddess Flora. This one is really a very fine and superb one. The shell has several colored layers which the carver used to give color to the flowers garland that she’s wearing and to give a touch of rose blush on her cheek. Simply wonderful. Flora is extremely pretty and her facial traits are very delicate and feminine. Her curly hair are partially tied leaving that some curly locks lean on her shoulder. Everything is very realistic and more than finely carved. Have then a look at her face, her pensive expression is amazing. Even the lovely gold frame is elegantly chiseled with flowers, which are the main symbol of Goddess Flora. A marvelous large cameo to not to miss. Another exquisite high quality cameo for all the collectors.
A bit of History:
In Roman mythology, Flora was the goddess of flowers and the season of spring. She was a relatively minor figure in Roman mythology, as there were several more important fertility goddesses, but her association with the spring gave her particular importance at the coming of springtime. Her festival, the Floralia
, was held in April or early May and symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, marked with dancing, drinking, and flowers. Her Greek equivalent was Chloris. Flora was married to Favonius, the wind god.