- Material: Sardonyx Shell, 9K gold marked.
- Size: length of the brooch 2 6/8" cameo is 1 1/8" by 7/8".
- Date and Origin: Circa 1860 Italy, frame is English.
- Conditions: Immaculate.
Museum Quality cameo depicting Zeus the King of Gods. This cameo shows a front face Zeus, his head crowned by a laurel wreath. The pictures really don't give any justice to this cameo that is a real artwork. Zeus was a popular subject on cameos but finding a front face one and so lovely carved is rare. Cameo is so realistic and seems just like a sculpture. This is another masterly carved cameo. A very desirable collectors piece, rare and museum quality cameo.
A Bit of History:
Zeus in Greek mythology is the king of the gods, the ruler of Mount Olympus, and the god of the sky and thunder. His symbols are the thunderbolt, eagle, bull and the oak. Zeus was the child of Cronus and Rhea, and the youngest of his siblings. In most traditions he was married to Hera, although at the oracle of Dodona his consort was Dione: according to the Iliad
, he is the father of Aphrodite by Dione. He is known for his erotic escapades, including one pederastic relationship with Ganymede. These resulted in many famous offspring, including Athena, Apollo and Artemis, Hermes, Persephone (by Demeter), Dionysus, Perseus, Heracles, Helen, Minos, and the Muses (by Mnemosyne); by Hera he is usually said to have fathered Ares, Hebe and Hephaestus.His Roman counterpart was Jupiter.