Fine carved shell cameo of Hercules. The Nemean Lion which was sent from the moon to earth by Hera to plague the hero who was her adversary and was ravaging the lands all round Nemea. Nobody could kill it, for it was invulnerable, its hide so hard that neither iron nor bronze nor stone could pierce it. Some say that after Heracles strangled the ferocious lion with his bare hands, he then skinned it and dressed himself in the pelt, with the head and scalp serving as a sort of hood. The hide of the animal was so tough that arrows could not pierce it.
Here you have Heracles or Hercules standing on what looks like a crescent moon. Hercules is touching the leg of the female and she is giving or taking his poison arrows...
There is a stress line not a crack in the shell. Absolutely wonderful! Frame is Sterling.
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