• Material : Hardstone
  • Size: 1 26/32" by 1 19/32"
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1830/1840 Italy, frame could be English, sterling silver tested.
  • Conditions: A small hairline crack just on the  surface, starting from the half of the Lyre, but it does NOT go on the back. Look at the picture of the back  (the one in the hand) and you'll see that there is NOT any line on the back, again it can't be felt under fingernail. The lines you see on the back are the reflection of the ones on the front, the stone is transparent this is because they can be seen. Look at the seventh picture and you will see that the line stops at the first layer. There are a couple of  inside lines, probably by origin, they are NOT cracks. The triangle  shaped lines are internal and external stress lines. The horizontal one (from 9 o'clock to the hair of Apollo) is a quite external line and I'm able to feel it a little bit under my fingernail. The one that runs from 9 o'clock to the Lyre is an internal line, it runs under the second layer of the stone and finishes just at the bottom (6 o'clock) of the cameo. NO ONE of them goes on the back. These lines are quite normal in a cameo that is almost 200 years old and don't detract anything from its value or beauty.
Museum Quality Cameo depicting Apollo, portrayed in front face. Frontal face cameos are rare and hard to find, and especially an artwork like this one This is a cameo of surpassing beauty an incredible work of art and very detailed,  carved by an artist. This cameo is surely after the statue of Apollo Belvedere, from Roman era, and now in a roman museum. Rarest cameo and subject very desirable collectors' piece. Please note the beauty of the face and its  expressivity,  the large profusion of details masterfully carved and overall the reality of the face features , of the neck's and chest's muscles, evidenced especially in the next pictures, details exclusively due to the skill of a great master carver of the past.
A bit of History
Without doubt, after Zeus, Apollo is the most important God of the Greek mythology. Latona, seduced by Zeus, assisted by the goddess Iris, gave birth to two twins, Apollo and Artemis. Apollo represents the self-control, the self-knowledge and the sense of the measure, in his temple to Delphi it was written there "know yourself." He also deals with the expiations, purifications,  recoveries (and as such he has called "Alexikakos" that means "the one who sends away the evils"). Apollo is also a prophetic God, God of the fair and of the purity and also of the music, in fact he is represented with the Lyre and as head of the Muses that he drove and protected. He was identified also as Helios and he was imagined driving a cart thrown by four horses with which it conducted the sun through the sky. Represented as a very beautiful and naked youth, the Romans revered him as protector of the health and as God of the divination, in his honour they celebrated the games called "Ludi Apollinares." (Apollo's Games) .Apollo is the solar divinity par excellence. God of all the beautiful things, music, art, poetry.