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This is a fabulous hardstone cameo brooch of the goddess Diana. The gem has been beautifully sculpted on a three-layer sardonyx, with great depth and stereoscopic rendering. She has a delicate yet determined face, crowned with her lunar crescent. A prize gem from a Grand Tour.
CULTURE: Classical Revival
DATE: early 19th century A.D.
MATERIAL: Sardonyx and 9k gold mount
SIZE: 31mm x 25mm x 6mm
WEIGHT: 7.8 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, Cambridge.