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Cameo - Judith


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Isler, Luigi (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Layered agate

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss A. F. Long

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 2, shelf 3

An intaglio carving is cut into the surface of the material and a cameo is in relief. The art of gemstone carving was known in ancient Greece and Rome and revived in Renaissance Italy, when connoisseurs began to form rich collections of engraved stones. Shell cameos, which were cheaper and more easily worked, became fashionable in the 19th century. Many were bought by tourists as souvenirs.

Physical description

Cameo in chalcedony. Judith is shown in profile to the right, her hair dressed in a knot low on her neck and bound with a string of pearls. The head is white against the grey lower stratum which forms the background.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1800-1850 (made)


Isler, Luigi (made)

Materials and Techniques

Layered agate

Object history note

From the collection of Dr Archibald Billing.

Descriptive line

Cameo of Judith, agate, England, ca. 1800-50

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Billing, Archibald. The Science of Gems.....and medals 1875, p.123.






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