- Museum number
Gold archaeological style bracelet with applied scrolls of filigree on the clasp and hinged vertical rods separating three onyx cameos. The largest central cameo is a signed head of Medusa, the others are the classical heads of Venus and Hymen.
- Production date
- 1850 (circa)
Height: 3.75 centimetres (central stone)
Length: 18.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 913:
The pattern of circles of wirework, in this case both plain and twisted wire, interspersed with beads, occurs with enamel inlay on the 'Aurora' cameo (916). For further Roman goldwork in the 'archaeological style' see 918 and Gere et al 1984 (pp.140-162, especially nos 952, 954 and 958). (Charlotte Gere)
Originally described in the catalogue as 'possibly Apollo and Diana', now identified as Venus and Hymen. The profile head of Venus is after the Capitoline type.
See 'Jewellery 1789-1910' by Shirley Bury 1991, vol.I, p.225, pl.111
See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 476 p.473.
- On display (G2/wp50)
- Exhibition history
2014 Oct 14 - London, BM, G2, 'Collecting the World'
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.288 (masterlist number)