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Cameo - Sacrifice to Hymen

Sacrifice to Hymen

  • Object:

    Cameo

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Josiah Wedgwood's factory (manufactured)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White Jasperware with green dip and applied bas-relief in white

  • Museum number:

    5821-1853

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 13, shelf 8

Physical description

Oval cameo of white Jasperware with green dip and applied white bas-relief. The detailed relief depicts the Sacrifice to Hymen and shows a group of four winged cupids leading a goat to sacrifice at a flaming altar. One putto holds a torch, another a trumpet. One holds the goat by the horns with his left hand.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (made)

Date

ca. 1780-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Josiah Wedgwood's factory (manufactured)

Materials and Techniques

White Jasperware with green dip and applied bas-relief in white

Dimensions

Height: 4.45 cm, Width: 3.8 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: This design is loosely based on a 1st Century sardonyx cameo by Tryphon known as the Marlborough gem.

Descriptive line

Flat oval of white Jasperware with green dip and white applied relief, Wedgwood Factory, Staffordshire, 1780-1800.

Materials

Stoneware; Jasper ware

Subjects depicted

Putti; Sacrifice; Torch; Goat

Categories

Ceramics; Jasperware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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