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Vintage shell cameo of Hebe as brooch & pendant in gold, Italy around 1980


€ 690.00 *
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Unit price €690.00 / piece
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Vintage shell cameo of Hebe as brooch & pendant in gold, Italy around 1980
Vintage shell cameo of Hebe as brooch & pendant in gold, Italy around 1980
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This piece of jewellery, which can be worn both as a brooch and as a pendant, features a detailed shell cameo and dates from the 1980s and was made in Italy. The highly oval piece in a frame of gold shows a gem of two-tone carnelian shell on the front. It depicts a scene from classical mythology: we see the youthful Hebe in animated interaction with Zeus, the father of the gods, in the form of an eagle, and Ganymede in the background. In plastic cut the gem cutter has captured Hebe as the goddess of youth at her most important task in the heaven of the gods: She is the cupbearer of the Olympian gods and responsible for the preparation of food. Here she serves her father Zeus a bowl of the gods' ambrosia and a decanter of nectar. Hebe is dressed in a peblos and Zeus as a mighty eagle approaches in flight to take the offered food. The scene is situated on an architecture with sacrificial altar. Ganymede, who was to replace Hebe in this task in the course of the mythological tradition, is present as an assistant figure. The polished gold setting holds the cameo in a surrounding frame. A strikingly beautiful piece of jewellery and a reminiscence of classical antiquity in one!
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For centuries, possessing antique gems and cameos was the claim of almost all great collections of decorative arts and chambers of curiosities, from the Green Vault in Dresden to the treasury of Rudolf II to large private collections such as that of Baron von Stosch in later times. The 18th and 19th centuries produced numerous large imprint collections of antique sealstones and gems, which were able to represent the ancient imagery of ancient glyptic almost in its entirety, they were also an expression of a humanistic education. Often figures of the Olympian heaven of gods or mythological scenes were the subject of the representations. Of particular importance for the transmission of stone and shell carvings north of the Alps have always been travelers to Italy, who brought home impressions and carved stones as well as engraved shells from their educational journeys to enjoy the stories that the shells could tell. The art of gem cutting 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 large-scale training center for gem cutters in Italy in the world, but unfortunately the mythological theme has been lost.
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Vintage shell cameo of Hebe as brooch & pendant in gold, Italy around 1980
Fine Dining
€ 690.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €690.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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