I am pleased to offer this lovely carved shell cameo brooch of a Roman Bride (Goddess). The carving is very well done, the details in her hair are particularly remarkable. She is wearing her hair in the Ancient Roman hairstyle, "Tutulus", worn by Brides. The bridal hair was divided into six locks using a spearhead, probably symbolic of expelling any remaining malevolent spirits prior to her marriage. The locks were then curled and coiled on top of her head leaving a few tendrils around her face and neck. This lovely bride is quite beautiful and regal looking. It is framed in a handmade silver framework, I love the simplicity of it so as not to overpower the cameo. It is a large piece measuring 1 3/4" by 1 3/8". Condition is excellent. This was purchased in France and is a genuine antique cameo dating from the 1800's Grand Tour era. The silver frame may be later. Click on the last photo to supersize it and see the detail and depth to her hair. Amazing!
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