- Material: Sardonyx Shell, 18K gold tested .
- Size: 2 2/8" by 2", with bale included the size is just over 3".
- Date and Origin: Circa 1850 Italy.
- Conditions: Shell is in mint condition.There is a minor gold loss on the inside edge of the frame on the left side, only noticeable in the pictures not by naked eye, mentioned for accuracy, otherwise mint.
Museum Quality cameo depicting Nyx, the Goddess of the Night. This is a cameo of surpassing beauty, carved by an artist. Every details is perfectly rendered making this cameo a real work of art. Nyx is here portrayed holding a lamp and with one of her symbols, the star, above her head. Look how the carver used his great skill to carve even the smoke that comes out from the lamp. Her movements, her clothes, everything is so wonderfully rendered. This is a rare depiction of Nyx, not easy to find. The frame is more than wonderful, all worked in Etruscan revival style. This cameo is brooch and pendant, the bale can be hidden on back when cameo is worn as a brooch. This is another masterly carved cameo. A very desirable collectors piece, rare and museum quality cameo.
A bit of History:
In Greek mythology, Nyx , (Nox in Roman translation) was the primordial goddess of the night. A shadowy figure, Night stood at or near the beginning of creation, and was the mother of personified such as Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death). Her appearances in mythology are sparse, but reveal her as a figure of exceptional power.