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Antique Pendant With Agate Cameo Of Hera In Gold Setting On Chain, ca. 1880


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Antique Pendant With Agate Cameo Of Hera In Gold Setting On Chain, ca. 1880
Antique Pendant With Agate Cameo Of Hera In Gold Setting On Chain, ca. 1880
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Cameos were among the most popular forms of jewellery in the 19th century. They could be used to convey messages, but also to express one's own personality. They were also considered a proof of a classical education, because they mostly showed figures of classical mythology. This pendant shows in profile the head of Hera or Juno, goddess of marriage and childbirth and wife of Jupiter or Zeus. Her attribute is the diadem, the so-called Stepháne (Greek στεφάνη), which distinguishes her as a married woman. The finely cut cameo of two-tone agate was made in Germany in the years around 1880. The sitter's conception exudes the sumptuous style of those years, which is also reflected in the elaborate framing. Forged from gold and decorated by hand with fine granulations and half arches, we see here elements of the so-called Archaeological style, which brings the design of Etruscan jewellery into the 19th century. Four blue sapphires accompany the stone cut. The unknown master who cut the cameo probably worked in the small town of Idar, which today as Idar-Oberstein is still the center of the gemstone trade in Germany. Two-coloured hardstone with its white and darker stripes was a popular material for making jewellery even in classical antiquity: The high-level gem-cutting culture in the city in the Hunsrück region then created cameos of admirable beauty from this material in the 19th century as well. With its original gold chain, the cameo that found its way to us from Minden can be worn immediately around the neck.
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Antique Pendant With Agate Cameo Of Hera In Gold Setting On Chain, ca. 1880
Holde Hera
€ 1,490.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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