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  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    1850-80 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Castellani (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with glazed steatite

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 21, shelf C, box 3

This cameo is probably made of glazed steatite. Commonly known as soapstone or soap rock because of the soapy feel of the surface, steatite has been used for carving for thousands of years. This cameo, probably made in the ancient world, was collected by the Castellani family to set in a brooch for a nineteenth century client.

Physical description

Brooch with a cameo of a horned male head

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


1850-80 (made)


Castellani (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold with glazed steatite


Height: 32 mm, Width: 42 mm

Descriptive line

Brooch with a glazed steatite cameo of a horned male head, Castellani, Rome, 1850-80.


Gold; Steatite




Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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