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Cameo; shell; Ganymede seated to left on rock, over which his mantle is laid; he holds before him a bowl out of which the eagle drinks, standing on one leg upon a stone, and holding the rim with the claws of the other; mounted in silver-gilt frame with textured rim and border of cut steel bands, for use as a bracelet clasp. Backed with pitch.
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Length: 1.26 inches
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
Mounted in a silver-gilt frame with border of cut-steel beads, for use upon a buckle.
This cameo copies the type of an onyx cameo from the Marlborough Collection (Story-Maskelyne, The Marlborough Gems, no. 23; S. Reinach, Pierres Gravées, pl. 117, fig. 43; Raspe-Tassie, no. 1352: cf. also Maffei, Gemme antiche figurate, ii, p. 29: mariette, Traité, ii, no. LII).
Text from Raspe 1791, no.1352:
'Cameo. Duke of Marlborough. Ganymede sitting and offering the cup to the eagle. Plate XXIII.'
- Not on display
- Cameo chipped at top
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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