- Material: Sardonyx Shell, 15k gold tested, coral.
- Size: 2 2/8” by over 2".
- Date and Origin: Circa 1850 Italy.
- Conditions: A tiny surface chip on the shell on the back, right side at circa 4:00 hours, visible when cameo is backlit, not visible from the front. Mentioned for accuracy.
This is a Museum Quality cameo depicting Ajax the Greek hero of the Troy War. Look at the beauty of the profile and its expressivity, the large profusion of details masterfully carved and overall the reality of the face features , of the neck's muscles, you can even see a vein on his neck looking at the pictures, all these details are exclusively due to the skill of a great master carver of the past. This is a cameo of surpassing beauty an incredible work of art and very detailed, carved by an artist. This cameo is after a Roman or Greek bust of Ajax, found in Rome. The frame is very unusual, gold leaves and scrolls and more embellished by coral beads. Rarest cameo and subject very desirable collectors' piece.
A bit of History:
Ajax was a mythological Greek hero, the son of Telamon and Periboea and king of Salamis. He is one of the main heroes in Homer's Iliad
and in the Epic Cycle, a series of epic poems about the Trojan War. To distinguish him from Ajax, son of Oileus, he is called "Greater Ajax," or "Ajax the Great" or "Telamonian Ajax," In Homer's Iliad he is described as of great stature , the tallest and strongest of all the Achaeans, second only to his cousin Achilles in skill-at-arms. He was trained by the centaur Chiron (who had also trained his father, Telamon, and Achilles' father Peleus), at the same time as Achilles. Aside from Achilles, Ajax is the most valuable warrior in Agamemnon's army. He commands his army wielding a great hammer and a huge shield made of seven ox-hides with a layer of bronze. He is not wounded in any of the battles described in the Iliad
. You can see the centaur Chiron carved on his helmet too. This cameo is after a marble bust of Ajax, in Rome.