Antique 14K Gold Cameo Pendant Brooch Rare Salacia & Chariot Pulled By Dolphins
This antique circa 1900 cameo is a rare depiction of the Roman Goddess Salacia (Greek Amphitrite), goddess of salt water and consort of Neptune, riding in a chariot being pulled by two classically stylized dolphins. Salacia, which means, "the salty one," is elegantly posed and presented with beautifully draped, flowing clothing, an elaborate coiffure and full facial features despite her diminutive rendering. The rest of the vignette is expertly carved in varying degrees of detail, the foreground elements including the striking dolphins and graceful chariot well-detailed and crisply delineated, and the background landscape features more loosely defined and ethereal. The 1 9/16 x 1 1/8-inch cameo is mounted in a 14K yellow gold bezel within a frame of filigree hearts, and the pendant-brooch has a folding bail for suspending from a chain and a safety clasp pin-back marked "14k." In excellent condition with a small amount of facial detail lost through normal wear, the metals test positive for 14K gold and the pendant-brooch measures 1 3/4 x 1 3/8-inches overall and weighs 13.1 grams
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