Knowledge is power

Beautiful brooch with finely cut cameo of Athena in gold, around 1850

The goddess Athena, young, beautiful and graceful, was in the heaven of the gods of antiquity not only the patron goddess of the city of Athens. Athena was also considered the mistress of wisdom, strategy, the arts and sciences. This cameo shows us her bust in profile cut into a shell. Rich and moving, her long hair flows out from under her helmet. A sweeping helmet bush and a quadriga of galloping steeds adorn the divine headdress. Clad in plate armour and mantle, the goddess exudes an awe-inspiring majesty. Shell cameos like these were created in large numbers in southern Italy in the 19th century, especially for travellers from the far north. Preferably Englishmen, but also Germans and Frenchmen wanted to perfect their education here, in the warm south, or simply escape the harsh climate of their homeland. They visited the ancient monuments, studied the art collections of Rome and Naples and brought back small souvenirs from their journey to the north. The cameo at hand here will have been created for just such an occasion. As a gift for a mistress or even a future wife, the work was wonderfully suited: what better compliment could there be than to be compared to this beautiful goddess of the arts and wisdom through the gift of the image of Athena? In first-class condition, the cameo in an elaborate gold setting in the style of the late Biedermeier period can be worn as a brooch. It was created in the years around 1850.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.