Antique Victorian Hand Carved Shell Cameo Warrior Goddess Athena Etruscan Revival Yellow Gold Brooch / Pendant
Antique Victorian 19th century Etruscan Revival carved conch shell cameo brooch. Depicting the goddess Athena (Minerva in Roman) - Greek Goddess of wisdom, courage, civilization, law and justice, strength, the arts, crafts and skill. The left facing bust profile of Athena is finely hand carved in high dimensional relief. She is portrayed as a beautiful lady with classical features and majestic expression. Fine details to her cascades of curling hair. She wears her warrior helmet decorated with the sea-monster Skylla (Scylla). The back of the shell cameo is signed by the carver with initials AR and numbered 7901. The carving is clean and crisp. We have taken many photos trying to capture the beauty of this cameo, but we realize that it has to be seen in person. Set in a tested 10k yellow gold mount. The cameo is surrounded in exquisite Etruscan Revival granulation and twisted wire work. It has a T hinged pin and C clasp. Movable hinged bail for wearing as a pendant. In very good condition. The brooch measures 1 15/16" x 1 11/16” (49mm x 43mm). Weighs 14.8g.