Eros (Cupid)
  • Material: Sardonyx Shell, 18k gold tested.
  • Size:  2"  by just under 1 5/8” only cameo is 1 5/8” by just over 1 2/8”.  
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1870 Italy.
  • Conditions: Mint.
Museum Quality  cameo depicting a sweet version of Eros, Cupid for the Roman mythology. He is often depicted as a young handsome man or as a little boy. The carving of this cameo is really crisp and the pictures really don't give any justice to it. A lovely cameo with an unusual frame, engraved and the outer edge is cut like a diamond. A stunning collector piece.  All the symbols of Eros are shown, his bow and his quiver full of arrows to break the hearts.  This cameo is really a beauty and hard to find in so mint conditions.  This is a cameo  carved by an artist. Every details are perfectly rendered making this cameo a real work of art. This is another masterly carved cameo. A very desirable collectors piece, rare and museum quality cameo.
A bit of History:
Eros  in Greek mythology, was the primordial god of sexual love and beauty. He was also worshipped as a fertility deity. His Roman counterpart was Cupid ("desire"), also known as Amor ("love"). In some myths, he was the son of the deities Aphrodite (Venus) and Ares (Mars).  He was the one lighted the flame of love in the hearts of the gods and men, armed either with a bow and arrows or else a flaming torch. He was also the object of cult. Eros was often portrayed as a child, the disobedient, but fiercely loyal, son of Aphrodite.In ancient vase painting Eros is depicted as either a handsome youth or as a child. His attributes were varied: from the usual bow and arrows, to the gifts of a lover--a hare, a sash, or a flower. Sculptors preferred the image of the bow-armed boy, whereas mosaic artists favoured the figure of a winged putto (plump baby).