This listing is for a gorgeous late 19th Century lava cameo brooch of a Bacchante carved in high relief and mounted in a 14 Karat yellow gold frame. The lava is a soft khaki color with lava used in cameo carvings actually being limestone imported from Pompeii. Bacchante were female followers of Bacchus (Dionysus) who was the god of wine and fertility. This figure is always adorned with symbols of her following with grapes and grape leaves entwined in her hair. She has a beautifully detailed face and the carving stands 1/4" in relief above the gold frame. Frame is stamped "14 K" on pin closure. The hinge is tight and the pin opens and closes correctly with safety clasp for extra security.
Dimensions: Brooch mounting measures 1 7/8" long, 1 1/2" wide and almost 1/2" deep (at highest point of carving). Carving measures 1 3/4" long and 1 3/8" wide. Weighs 20 grams.
This exceptional lava cameo is in excellent Estate condition with no noted flaws.
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