Hebe Feeding the Eagle of Zeus
 
 
  • Material: Sardonyx Shell, 9K gold tested .
  • Size:  1 29/32" by just over 1 5/8". Only cameo is 1 5/8" by 1 3/8"
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1860 Italy, frame  is surely English.
  • Conditions: Shell is Mint. A small trace of soldering on the pin clasp.
Museum Quality of Hebe feeding the eagle of Zeus.  The carving is perfect in every details. Everything is so perfectly rendered that I'm amazed looking at it. Look how the carver used the shell to evidence her face, her hair, the eagle. The delicacy of this piece is truly amazing.  The shell is perfect, no lines at all. The frame is simple and elegant. This subject is amazing, everything is so realistic. Hebe was a very popular in the Victorian era but this subject depicted in full figure is hard to find.  This is a  beautiful cameo, not to be missed,  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 Greek mythology, is the goddess of youth (Roman equivalent: Juventas). She is the daughter of Zeus and Hera. Hebe was the cupbearer for the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus, serving their nectar and ambrosia, until she was married to Herakles (Roman equivalent: Hercules); her successor was the young Trojan prince Ganymede. Another title of hers, for this reason, is "Ganymeda." She also drew baths for Ares and helped Hera enter her chariot. Hebe had two children with her husband Heracles: Alexiares and Anicetus. The name Hebe comes from a Greek word meaning "youth" or "prime of life".Juventas likewise means "youth", as can be seen in such derivatives as juvenile. In art, Hebe is usually depicted wearing a sleeveless dress. There is a statue of Hebe, by Robert Thomas 1966 in Birmingham city centre, England. Antonio Canova also sculpted four different statues of Hebe: one of them is in the Museum of Forlì, in Italy.