Goddess Flora
  • Material: Sardonyx Shell  9K gold tested, pearls.
  •  Size: just over 2 1/2" by 2 1/4".
  •  Date and Origin: Circa 1850/1860 Italy, frame is English.
  • Conditions: Gold a bit tarnished, a tiniest dent on the frame, not noticeable by naked eye, pin is a little bent, otherwise mint.
Museum Quality cameo depicting Goddess Flora, the carving is superb. Unusually, this is not a classic profile of the head only of the Goddess, this is instead a half-lenght portrait in a renaissance style, look at the dress she is wearing, just typical of that era as the beaded necklaces in her hair. Look at the beauty of the facial features, she seems alive. The details of her dress are exceptional, superbly carved as the lace on her breast. The frame completes the beauty of this cameo, making it a real rare find. This is one of most beautiful Flora I have ever handled, the pictures speak by themselves. This is another masterly carved cameo. A very desirable collectors piece, rare and museum quality cameo.
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.