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Cameo

Cameo

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chalcedony

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W.L Hildburgh, F.S.A.

  • Museum number:

    A.40-1937

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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, and again in the 18th and 19th centuries. Cameos and intaglios were prized and collected, sometimes as symbols of power and mounted in jewelled settings, sometimes as small objects for private devotion or enjoyment. This object represents a philosopher.

Date

16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Chalcedony

Dimensions

Height: 31 mm, Width: 23 mm

Object history note

Given by Dr W.L Hildburgh, F.S.A.

Descriptive line

Cameo, chalcedony, depicting a philosopher.

Materials

Chalcedony

Categories

Jewellery

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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