This is a nicely sculpted lava cameo of Mars, dating to the early to mid 19th century. The artist has captured an excellent rendering of a Julio-Claudian emperor (Caligula?) in the guise of Mars (God of War). The natural lava has red and beige colouration, contrasting with a fine patina giving the piece both energy and great age! The back retains a hinged pin, enabling it to be worn. A nice object from the age of Grand Tours when visitors to Pompeii brought back such souvenirs as a testament to their travels.
OBJECT: Cameo brooch
DATE: 19th century A.D.
SIZE: 30.84mm x 25.58mm x 9.61mm
WEIGHT: 8.77 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, Worcester.
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