Museum Quality cameo depicting the G. The carving is superb and all the details are masterly executed. A very expressive cameo showing a suffering Medusa even if her face has, at the same time, a serene expression. Both feelings are present on her face, as she would like to express her pain for not being a human being anymore and the serenity that the death could end her pains. The carving is very defined from the background and shows the features of a real face.Her perfect Greek nose, her full lips perfectly designed, her curly hair so perfectly rendered, everything in this cameo is superb. Magnificently carved with a wonderful Medusa, obviously executed by a master carver. Size: 2 1/8" by 1 3/4". Classic highly polished gold frame.
Condition: Excellent , we see no issues. Medusa is a character of Greek mythology, she was one of three Gorgons, the only one that was mortal. Poseidon fell in love with Medusa and one night he took her in a temple consecrated to Athena to consummate their love. Athena offended, transformed Medusa's hair into snakes and again everyone that had looked upon Medusa's eyes would have been petrified. Medusa was killed by Perseus who cut her head looking at her through a bright shield received from Athena.From Medusa's body came out Pegasus, the mythic winged horse, and Crisaore generated with the union with Poseidon. For this reason Medusa's head was given by Perseus to Athena who put it in the center of her aegis.
Aegis used by Athena, is a fringed armour or a shield with Medusa's head in the center. We do not know those charges throughout the world.
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The item "LARGE 14K CARNELIAN SHELL CAMEO PIN GORGON MEDUSA MUSEUM QUALITY" is in sale since Sunday, October 19, 2014. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Cameos".The seller is "antiqer41" and is located in CLINTON, NY. This item can be shipped worldwide.