Powers of light

Antique cameo with St. George & the Dragon, around 1910

Fearless and brave, the noble knight rides in heoric nakedness on his white steed towards the monster. Sword in hand, he will no doubt defeat the dragon crouching on the ground. The present jewel delights with its excellent depiction and takes us deep into cultural history. For the dragon slayer motif appears in almost all religions and cultural circles of the earth as a symbol of the struggle of the powers of light with the forces of darkness. In the Christian West, it is Saint George who takes up the fight with the dragons of the underworld. The historical George was executed under Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century and was probably a simple soldier. In the 12th century, however, the legend arose that George had been a noble knight, had slain a dragon and thereby saved a virgin daughter of a king - and thus immediately became one of the most popular saints, if only because of this exciting story. Depictions of George on horseback have therefore survived numerous in the history of art. As the patron saint of England and Russia, his image adorned numerous coins. Coats of arms of many cities bear his image, including those of Bamberg, Hattingen and Moscow. Statues, frescoes and paintings show his battle, for example on the palace of Neuschwanstein Castle. And last but not least, our brooch the in a detailed, fully plastic scene of carved shell. The gem was probably cut at the Bay of Naples at the beginning of the last century. The setting of high karat gold was added immediately thereafter, either still in Italy or another country in Europe. The representation is pleasing for its fine cut. It can be worn both as a brooch and as a pendant.

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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.