- Material: Sardonyx Shell, 15k gold tested.
- Size:2 2/8" by 2" - cameo itself is 2 by 1 5/8".
- Date and Origin: Circa 1870 Italy.
- Conditions: Immaculate.
Museum Quality cameo depicting one of most loved subjects of the Victorian era, Goddess Flora. She wears a crown of roses and callas and daisies wonderfully carved, look at the roses petals and at the callas, each one is masterly made. The same flowers are on her shoulder as a garland. Her curly hair are partially tied leaving that some curly locks lean on her shoulder. Everything is very realistic and more than finely carved. Have then a look at her face, her light smile gives her a mystery expression that is amazing, her facial traits are delicate and feminine, she is more than pretty. I think that this cameo is pure beauty and grace. Look at how the carver used the light colored shell to give a very delicate color to her hair and flowers. The beauty of her face, her eyes' expression and her full and sensual mouth, the perfection of her nose, everything in this cameo is superbly and masterly carved, surely the work of a great artist.
A bit of History:
In Roman mythology, Flora was the goddess of flowers and the season of spring. She was a relatively minor figure in Roman mythology, as there were several more important fertility goddesses, but her association with the spring gave her particular importance at the coming of springtime. Her festival, the Floralia
, was held in April or early May and symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, marked with dancing, drinking, and flowers. Her Greek equivalent was Chloris. Flora was married to Favonius, the wind god.