The Allegory of the Day
  • Material: Sardonyx Shell, 15k gold tested.
  • Size: 2 5/8" by 2 3/8" only cameo is 1 7/8" by 1 5/8".
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1860 Italy.
  • Conditions: a finest natural shell line above the flower crown of Eos, not visible from the front nor from the back, very barely visible when cameos is backlit, mentioned for accuracy, otherwise mint.
Museum quality and large cameo depicting the Allegory of the Day. The Goddess Eos is here depicted in all of her beauty showing her symbols, rays of sun behind her head, a crown of flowers on her hair and a dove holding a flowers cornucopia.  The Goddess taking a widely awake attitude with eyes open and head up, sun rays behind her to symbolize the birth of another day. This cameo is extremely fine carved and is very large. Look at how the carver used the colors of the shell to give a touch of color to some carved areas and please look at the dove and at her wings, you'll see how perfectly carved the feathers are, really amazing. The frame of this cameo is another work of art, an intricate openwork in a foliate motif accented at the compass points with engraved scrollwork sections containing four pink pearls  measuring approximately 3.40 mm in diameter and 24 seed pearls. Every detail in this cameo is perfect starting from her prettiest and expressive face. This is a more than masterly carved cameo which is not to be missed. 
A bit of History:
Eos is a figure of Greek mythology. She is the Goddess of the Dawn. She is a beautiful and charitable Goddess. She is the daughter of Hyperion. Hyperion is also the father of Helios (the sun) and of Selene (the moon )Hyperion's name means "The one who precedes the Sun", and probably is related to his role like Helios' or Eos' father, the faint light that precedes the rising of the day. Eos has several sons, between them there is Memnone, killed from Achilles during the siege of Troy. From that day the Goddess of the Dawn inconsolably cries the loss of her son every morning and her tears form the dew. Homer calls her the "Goddess with the rosy fingers" for the effect that can be seen in the sky at dawn.