- Museum number
Cameo; onyx; maenad moving to right, with head thrown back, holding her long tunic behind her with her left hand raised and holding a bell(?); another bell bound to her arm; mounted in gold swivel ring.
- Production date
- 18thC (?)
Length: 1 inches
- Curator's comments
Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
Mounted in a gold swivel ring.
Based on the type of the intaglio on hyacinth at Florence, published by Gori, Museum Florent., vol. i, p. 87; see also S. Reinach, Pierres gravées, pl. 42, no. 87; Raspe-Tassie, no. 5109; Zannoni, Reale Galleria di Firenze, Ser. v, Camei ed intagli, i, pl. 33; J.B. Wicar, Tableaux, Statues ... et Camées de la Galerie de Florence, 1789, ii, pl. 23.
Raspe adds no further information.
Text from Payne Knight's Latin manuscript catalogue
16) Bacchi saltatrix sinistrorsum tripudians, facie elevate, capillis pone diffluentibus pectore obverso, dextra vestem pellucidam retro tenente, et sinistra duo tintiabula ante quatiente, ex onychis Indicae strato opaco albescente, fusco pellucido inhaerenti, summa artificii elegantia, exsculpta. E capsa supra citata.
A female dancer of Bacchus leaping to the left, with her face elevated, her hair flowing behind her in different directions, her chest turned towards the viewer, her right hand holding her translucent dress behind her, and her left shaking two bells in front of her, carved out with the greatest artistic elegance from an opaque, whitening layer of Indian onyx, clinging to a dark, translucent one. From the cabinet cited above.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: RPK.16 (Payne Knight Collection)