A fragmentary Onyx Cameo of Athena Parthenos, circa 1st Century A.D., or later
- A fragmentary Onyx Cameo of Athena Parthenos
- Max. length 7.3 cm.; max. thickness 1.5 cm.
Sir Francis Cook, Bt., 1st Viscount of Monserrate (1817-1901), Doughty House, Richmond, Surrey, acquired from the above
by inheritance to his youngest son Wyndham Francis Cook (d. 1905)
by inheritance to his son, Humphrey W. Cook, London (Christie, Manson & Woods, London, July 14th, 1925, no. 180, illus.)
Maria João Neto, Monserrate: The Romantic Country House of an English Family, Casal de Cambra, 2016, p. 94, fig. 129
Compared to the red jasper intaglio signed by Aspasios in the Museo Nazionale Romano (LIMC, vol. 2, p. 1076, no. 13, pl. 786; K. Lapatin, Luxus. The Sumptuous Arts of Greece and Rome, 2015, p. 246, pl. 92), the present cameo is less informative with regard to details (e.g. the helmet decoration), but superior with regard to artistic sensitivity in rendering the image of the virgin goddess.
We are grateful to John Somerville, Keeper of the Cook Collection Archive, for his help in cataloguing this lot.