Lovely Victorian Sardonyx shell cameo depicting the Greek goddess Hera. The carving is simple but crisp and charming. It may even be Georgian as it is a very simple setting.
How do I know this is Hera?
She was known as “large eyed” and her crown and veil are traditional signifiers. Also I did look it up on the internet.
As queen of the Gods Hera wears a crown as seen. It is a cylindrical crown known as a polos or Poloi - a crown for mythological figures. Another attribute is a diadem and a veil; both of which our lady is wearing on this cameo.
Hera cameos were very popular throughout the Georgian and Victorian period. As the overseer of birth and marriage she was a popular goddess. What a lovely present she would make.
I believe this one to be Victorian or late Georgian at the earliest.
The pin has been replaced using a steel sewing straight pin from the Victorian period. This was a common fix. I love that someone did that.
The cameo is loose within the frame but secure. It almost looks like it floats.
Fabulous condition for a brooch that is over 100 years old of a 3000 (at least) year old goddess.
3 x 3.5 cm
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