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VICTORIAN CARVED SHELL DIONYSUS CAMEO BROOCH CIRCA 1880

Product Code: 2564ES
£750.00
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This beautiful gold large hand carved cameo brooch is outstanding. 
It is genuine Victorian - Circa 1880. 
The fabulous subject cameo is hand carved from Victorian bullmouth shell.
The exquisite carving depicts the Greek God of Wine - Dionysus with a young female - possibly his wife, Ariadne. 
Dionysus was the great Olympian god of wine, vegetation, pleasure and festivity. 
He was depicted as either an older bearded god, or as a pretty, effeminate long haired youth as in this cameo. 
He was the son of Zeus and a mortal mother - Semele, a beautiful princess. 
He was loved by mortals and gods alike for his willingness to help anyone.
The ornately decorated frame is engraved around the cameo shell. 
The bullmouth shell cameo has beautiful high relief carving with a smooth finish. 
The brooch has a safety chain for added security. 
It weighs 19.3 grams. 
It is in very good condition - it looks gorgeous when worn. 
The dimensions are 51mm across and 61mm down - that's 2 inches by under 2 1/2 inches.
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