This large, antique Victorian cameo appears to be of Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine with finite 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 chain 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 that resembled tortoise shell.
c. 1890 W 2 D 1 H 25 in. Chain: L 18.5 in.