Goddess Flora
 
 
  • Material: Sardonyx Shell, gilt metal.
  • Size: 2" by 1 6/8".
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1850/1860 Italy, frame could be English.
  • Conditions: More than excellent. A few finest natural lines in the shell, NOT STRESS, a tiniest, minuscule scratch on her cheek, not noticeable mentioned for accuracy. Shell mover a very little bit in its frame but it is more than safe
More than excellent Quality cameo depictingGoddess Flora, the carving is more than superb. Roses, daisies and leaves in her hair, wonderfully carved.  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 in Etruscan revival 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.