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18ct Gold Shell Cameo of Lady & Eagle (Hebe and Zeus)

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A beautifully detailed carved shell cameo of Hebe and Zeus. Hebe was supposed to have the power to give eternal youth, and in art is typically seen with her father in the guise of an eagle, often offering a cup to him. This depiction seems to relate to a belief that the eagle (like the phoenix) had the ability to renew itself to a youthful state. The mount is 18ct gold with fine wirework detail.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginVictorian (1839-1901), English
Measurements2.5 in / 6.3 cm in height (at highest point) by 2.2 in / 5.5 cm in width (at widest point).
ConditionExcellent
HallmarksTested to 18ct gold
ProvenanceEnglish