- Material: Lava, silver.
- Sizes: just over 1 7/8" by just over 1 1/2".
- Date and Origin: Circa 1870, Italy.
- Conditions: Excellent.
Very Important Note.
This cameo has been restored. It was sold some months ago along to an ivory brooch to the same collector who loved the two pieces but because this cameo had a few flaws, more than normal given its age, I was asked to restore them both. The ones who know me know very well that I'm never agree to restore antique cameos or other antique pieces, first because signs of time are a guarantee that any piece is just antique, then the antique cameos and jewels are delicate and working on them there is the concrete risk to damage them. However that collector wanted them restored, I was told that if I did not do it I had then lost the sale. I found the best restorer of antique jewellery, it was hard as the skilled ones are rare, and he did a lovely work with both pieces, the collector got this service for free. The collector was happy and started to pay them by installments. After the fifth installment I got an email where I was told that because of hard familiar problems he could no more purchasing the pieces. Of course I refunded what already paid but I also lost what I spent for the restoration. I'm listing them again but for fairness I'm advising you all about the restoration of these ones. Thanks for your attention.
This is a Museum Quality lava cameo depicting a rare subject, the Goddess Pomona. The pictures speak by themselves about the beauty of this cameo. A three-dimensional carving that makes this cameo unique. Look at the abundance of details so finely carved, there are fruits, flowers, leaves, ears of corn, that is the perfect depiction for the Goddess Pomona which is the Goddess of the abundance. Look then at her facial features, isn't she pretty? Her eye, her nose and her mouth are perfect. Being a woman she does not renounce to have a chic and feminine look, in fact she wears long earrings and an elaborated necklace to evidence her neck and her decolletè. This is a fantastic lava cameo, very rare and very collectible.
A bit of History:
Pomona (Latin) was a goddess of fruitful abundance in ancient Roman religion and myth. Her name comes from the Latin word pomum
, "fruit," specifically orchard fruit. ("Pomme" is the French word for "apple") She was said to be a wood nymph and a part of the Numia, guardian spirits who watch over people, places, or homes. She scorned the love of the woodland gods Silvanus and Picus, but marriedVertumnus after he tricked her, disguised as an old woman. She and Vertumnus shared a festival held on August 13. Her high priest was called the flamenPomonalis
. The pruning knife was her attribute. There is a grove that is sacred to her called the Pomonal, located not far from Ostia, the ancient port of Rome.
Pomona was the goddess of fruit trees, garden, and orchards. Unlike many other Roman goddesses and gods, she does not have a Greek counterpart. She watches over and protects fruit trees and cares for their cultivation. She was not actually associated with the harvest of fruits itself, but with the flourishing of the fruit trees. The pruning knife was her sacred tool. In artistic depictions she is generally shown with a platter of fruit or a cornucopia. A statue of Pomona is in the fountain in the little park before the Plaza Hotel in New York City.