Nyx
 
 
  • Material: Sardonyx Shell, 18K gold tested .
  • Size: 2" by 1 6/8"
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1850 Italy.
  • Conditions: Mint. Shell moves a bit into the frame but it if safe.
Museum Quality  cameo depicting Nyx, the Goddess of the Night. This is a cameo of surpassing beauty, carved by an artist. Every details is perfectly rendered making this cameo a real work of art. This cameos is after a marble work of Thorvaldsen made in 1815 and now in the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen. This is another masterly carved cameo. A very desirable collectors piece, rare and museum quality cameo.
A bit of History:
In Greek mythology, Nyx , (Nox in Roman translation) was the primordial goddess of the night. A shadowy figure, Night stood at or near the beginning of creation, and was the mother of personified such as Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death). Her appearances in mythology are sparse, but reveal her as a figure of exceptional power.