ITALIAN, 17TH CENTURY
CAMEO WITH PERSEUS
orange, orange-brown and white sardonyx, within a later gold mount
2.8cm, 1. 1/16 in.
Overall the condition of the stone is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is a small chip to the nose of the medusa on the shield. There is a possible small chip to the ear of the sphinx on the helmet, and another possible chip to the point of the sword. There could be a few further very minor abrasions to some of the edges. There is natural mottling to the stone. There is a loss to the reverse of the stone at the back. There is general minor wear to the mount.
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Private collection, France
Compare with a cameo of Hercules also carved from an orange-brown sardonyx which has been dated to the 18th century in the Royal Collection (inv. no. RCIN 65194). A 17th century dating for the present cameo seems more likely, however, given the stylised nature of the image.
K. Aschengreen Piacenti and J. Boardman, Ancient and Modern Gems and Jewels in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, cat. Royal Collection, London, 2008, p. 56, no. 38