Superbly carved large pendant with lava cameo of Aeolus, ancient Greek god of wind.
It is made of lava of Mount Vesuvius around 1860 on the peak of popularity of Grand Tour.
The face of the god has distinct expression with exaggerated wide open mouth
blowing out the wind.
The cameo mounted in solid gold bezel with domed Etruscan revival filigree trim.
The back of the cameo is open.
The articulated bail is large enough to accommodate chain, cord, or a ribbon.
The pendant is 2 5/8" tall, 1 1/2” wide and 5/8” thick.
The dangle is 1 3/4" X 1 1/2" with cameo 1 1/4" X 1".
There is no hallmarks, tested 14K gold.
Total weight is 16.7 grams.
Very good antique condition.
There is a barely visible natural fissure closer to the bottom of the cameo.
It holds secure and does not threat to break.
Fancy gold chain shown for display only.
Please contact us if you would like to buy it along with the pendant.
The term Grand Tour refers to 17th through 19th century custom
of a trip by young people to Europe, especially to Italy.
While being in Rome, Naples, Herculaneum, Pompeii and other famous cities
they visited ancient artifacts and ladies were buying traditional jewelry from local jewelers.
The interest to ancient Rome also sparkled a few times after Vesuvius eruptions in 18th
Antique Victorian Etruscan Revival 14K Gold Lava Cameo Pendant Ancient Greek Wind God Aeolus