- Material: Hard Stone, 18 k Gold tested.
- Size: 1 7/8" by 1 5/8" only cameo is 1 6/8" by 1 1/2"
- Date and Origin: Circa 1880 Italy. There is a date engraved inside the frame which reads 28th Sep 87 where surely the last numbers mean 1887.
- Conditions: Cameo is in Immaculate conditions, the frame has a small dent on its right side, mentioned for accuracy.
Highest Museum Quality cameo depicting Goddess Athena in all of her splendour. She's so pretty even if she wears her armour and shield like she was ready for a battle. Her helmet is the tipycal Greek helmet but her one has a stunning snake carved on its top. Her face is so pretty that she seems a model, her oval is perfect and facial traits are beautiful. Her eyes are very expressive and you can see her pupils delicately carved. Her hair, coming out from her helmet, seem to be moving in the wind, so real. The head of the Gorgon Medusa is on her chest, over her armour. Evrything in this cameo is finely and superbly carved. Finding a front face hard stone cameo carved like this one is not easy. This is one is really out of this world for its carving and for the pureness of its lines. This cameo is three-dimensional, the stone is so thick and carving really jumps out from the background. Look at the pictures and you will see what I mean. The simple gold frame just enhances the beauty of this piece. Pictures speak by themselves but, as always, cameos are much better when seen in person, if this one is breathtaking through the pictures imagine what beauty is when seen closely. Another incredible work of art for all the collectors.
A bit of history
In the Greek mythology Athena, daughter of Zeus, was the goddess of Wisdom, of the Weaving, of the Arts, and, presumably, of the noblest sides of the War, while the violence and the cruelty were part of the dominion of Ares. The sacred symbols were the owl and the olive. She is almost always represented with a helmet or a shield and with the Aegis (a short armour with fringes) with in the center the head of Medusa given by Perseus to Athena in sign of thanks for the help had when he faced the Medusa. Athena never had an husband or lover and for this she was known like Athena Parthenos (the Virgin Athena), from which the name of the most famous temple dedicated to her, the Parthenon on Athen's Acropolis.