Rare Hard Stone Cameo of Eros (Cupid)
 
 
  • Material: Hard Stone, 14k gold tested, an old cut diamond, seed pearls.
  • Size:  2" by just over 1 1/2" only cameo is 1 5/8" by 1 2/8".
  • Date and origin: Circa 1860 Italy for the cameo, frame is surely later, probably Art Nouveau era.
  • Conditions: Immaculate.
Museum Quality hard stone cameo depicting Cupid the God of Love. This cameo is three-dimensionally carved and the carving is more than superb and fine. Roses, blossoms and leaves on his head, a flower crown tied by a ribbon that can be seen falling softly on his neck. His facial features are lovely, he's very handsome. A part of his bow can be seen behind his right shoulder. This cameo is a real beauty, the white carving on the black of the background is amazing. Even if Cupid (or Eros in Greek Mythology) is a very popular Victorian cameos subject, this particular depiction is enough rare, I have had the pleasure to own only another cameo, carved on shell, depicting the same subject. This one is a superb Museum Quality cameo enhanced by a spectacular frame.  
 
A bit of history:
Eros  in Greek mythology, was the primordial god of sexual love and beauty. He was also worshipped as a fertility deity. His Roman counterpart was Cupid ("desire"), also known as Amor ("love"). In some myths, he was the son of the deities Aphrodite (Venus) and Ares (Mars).  He was the one lighted the flame of love in the hearts of the gods and men, armed either with a bow and arrows or else a flaming torch. He was also the object of cult. Eros was often portrayed as a child, the disobedient, but fiercely loyal, son of Aphrodite.In ancient vase painting Eros is depicted as either a handsome youth or as a child. His attributes were varied: from the usual bow and arrows, to the gifts of a lover--a hare, a sash, or a flower. Sculptors preferred the image of the bow-armed boy, whereas mosaic artists favoured the figure of a winged putto (plump baby).