Goddess Flora
 
 
  • Material: Sardonyx Shell, 15K gold tested.
  • Size: just under 2 2/8" by 1 7/8".
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1850/1860 Italy, frame could be English.
  • Conditions: Some dents to the frame. An hairline by origin.
SPECIAL NOTE
The conditions described above are no more the same of today. To restore the cameo to remove some dents on the frame and unpleasant accident happened and now the cameo has got a very small crack at circa 2.00 o'clock, close to the frame. The crack has been repaired from the back. the very small crack is not so evident looking at the cameo from the front and it does not affect the carving. You can see it well only if the cameo is held up to the light.  Please look at the last four pictures to see where the small damage is now.
Museum Quality cameo depicting Goddess Flora, the carving is superb. Unusually, there are not only roses in her hair, but even other rare flowers.  Look at the beauty of the facial features, she seems alive. All the carving in this cameo is an artwork due to the skill of the carver. The frame completes the beauty of this cameo. This is one of most beautiful Flora I have ever handled, the pictures speak by themselves. This is another masterly carved cameo. A very desirable collectors piece, rare and museum quality cameo.
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.