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Powerful Antique Men's Ring with Agate Cameo of Mars, ca. 1930


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Powerful Antique Men's Ring with Agate Cameo of Mars, ca. 1930
Powerful Antique Men's Ring with Agate Cameo of Mars, ca. 1930
Description
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The ring here gives strength and protection, as it bears a cameo made of hardstone with the image of Mars. The god of war is given in profile. On the head the god wears a helmet with a helmet bush, a curly beard covers the cheeks and a harness the broad chest. With a sure look he looks to the left, as if he wanted to put the past in its place. The portrait of Mars is given in black. It is cut from a tricolor agate, which has a layer of white stone under the black layer and a brown ground below. Thus, the depiction staggers quite high above the ring, allowing the image of the god to stand out mysteriously yet presently against the light ground. The cameo is set in gold. The angular ornamentation allows us to date the ring to the years around 1930, when Art Deco was in full bloom. The stone carving was probably made in Idar-Oberstein in Germany, at that time the center for such small works of art. The gold setting bears hallmarks that suggest it was made in the USA. We discovered the ring here in Berlin.
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To possess antique cameos and cameos was the claim of almost all great collections for centuries: We find spectacular pieces as well in the Green Vault in Dresden, in the treasury of Rudolf II, up to the great private collections like that of Baron Stosch in later times. The 18th and 19th centuries produced numerous large imprint collections of antique seal stones and cameos, which represent the antique imagery of glyptic almost in its entirety. Thus, they were not least an expression of a humanistic education. Of particular importance for the transmission of stone and shell carvings north of the Alps have always been travelers to Italy, who brought home imprints and carved stones as well as engraved shells from their educational journeys to enjoy the stories that the shells could tell. The art of cameo cutter has survived to this day in Italy, especially in the Bay of Naples, where it has been passed down from generation to generation. Today the Scuola dei Cammei in Torre del Greco is the only professional training center for cameo cutters in the world, but unfortunately the mythological theme world as a subject has been almost completely lost.
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Powerful Antique Men's Ring with Agate Cameo of Mars, ca. 1930
Protected by the God of War
€ 690.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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