Cover your sky, Zeus!

Vintage Shell Cameo Of Prometheus In Silver, Mid 20th Century.


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Vintage Shell Cameo Of Prometheus In Silver, Mid 20th Century.
Vintage Shell Cameo Of Prometheus In Silver, Mid 20th Century.
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Cover your sky, Zeus, With cloudy mist! And practice, boys like, Who beheads thistles, On oaks and mountain heights! For the young Goethe, the power of Zeus, the father of the gods, must have been a point of friction. As against him, he wrote his "Prometheus" a hymn to the representative of the Titans, which raises complaints against the world of the gods and is marked by reproaches and ridicule. And yet, throughout the 19th century, the depiction of ancient deities remained an expression of classical education and refined taste. The shell cameo here shows Prometheus, probably one of the most unusual figures in ancient mythology. As a bringer of fire and a teacher, Prometheus is considered the originator of human civilization. According to the myth, as a demiurge, he created the first humans from clay and endowed them with properties. However, mistakes were made in the process, the consequences of which mankind suffers from to this day. Our cameo shows Prometheus in the act of creation. The Titan is depicted unclothed and just about to form the first man from clay, which is still missing the arms. The scene was cut in shell in the middle years of the last century, probably at the Bay of Naples. A plain setting in silver makes it wearable both as a pendant and a brooch. The piece of jewellery, which found its way to us from an important Berlin collection, is very well preserved and a wonderful collectible.
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Shell cameos with mythological motifs were created especially in the 19th century in Italy for travelers on a Grand Tour. This so-called cavalier tour, which was to perfect the education of the travelers, led to the ancient buildings, to the art collections of Rome and Naples and the early tourists brought from their journey small souvenirs across the Alps, which should tell of the experiences of the Italian journey.
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Vintage Shell Cameo Of Prometheus In Silver, Mid 20th Century.
Cover your sky, Zeus!
€ 389.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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