- Material: Cornelian Shell, 15k gold tested.
- Size: 2 1/2" by 2" - cameo itself is 2 1/8" by 1 5/8".
- Date and Origin: Circa 1870 Italy.
- Conditions: Immaculate.
Museum Quality cameo depicting one of the rarest subjects of the Victorian era, Cupid as a Liontamer, after a sculpture by Thorvaldsen from 1828. Every detail in this large cameo is amazing and fully respected the original subject. The proportions are perfect and the carving is the finest one. Look at the lion and how it is carved, you can see the strength of its muscles and look at the lion's mane how it is magnificently rendered and with what delicaly he is licking the foot of Cupid recognizing him as its lord. Cupid then is wonderfully made, his wings, his hand that is holding an arrow and the robe that he's wearing which has a very fluid movement, it seems just real. Cupid is caressing the lion as an act of love but even to let him feel the he is its master and tamer, he looks as strong and fierce. This is cameo of a surpassing beauty and it is surely the work of a great artist. This is a rarest piece for the joy of all the collectors.
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).