This large, antique Victorian cameo appears to be of Bacchante, a priestess or follower of Dionysus (Bacchus), the Greek god of wine with fine facial features, flowing locks of hair, and a wreath of leaves and grapes as a headdress. The inside is lined with red fabric as well as a glass encasement. It hangs from a large, over sized chain link necklace.
Created in 1869 by John Wesley Hyatt, Celluloid was one of the first plastics ever made. Celluloid was widely used for a variety of items including jewelry made to resemble tortoise shell.
DATE c. 1890
DIMENSIONS Width 2 Depth 1 Height 25 in. Chain: L 18.5 in.