ANTIQUE 9K GOLD FINELY CARVED SHELL DIONYSUS / BACCHUS CAMEO BROOCH c1880
A large-scale antique natural shell cameo, finely hand carved to depict the God of Wine, Dionysus (Bacchus) in high relief profile, holding a thyrsus, with grapes and vines in his hair and wearing a lion's pelt, in a hand engraved solid 9 carat gold mount for wear as a brooch.
A high quality, eyecatching and beautiful carving - both very wearable and extremely collectable too!
CONDITION: All original and very, very good. Slightest signs of wear, faint natural stress lines visible to shell, see pics. Will clean up beautifully.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1880. Tagged '9ct'.
DIMENSIONS: 66 x 56 mm (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 28.5 grams.