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pendant / cameo

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Pendant inset with cameo; onyx; head of Hercules; enamelled gold pendant setting with diamonds and pearls.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1780-1850 (cameo)
    • 1864 (setting)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 49 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        P.D. & H.L. 26TH JANY 1864. 18TH ANNIVERSARY
      • Inscription Comment

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

  • Curator's comments

    The cameo Italian, late 18th or early 19th century, the setting probably English, 1864. The head is taken from the celebrated classical intaglio signed by the Greek gem-engraver Gnaios from the Strozzi Collection and acquired by the British Museum with the Blacas Collection in 1866.

    See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 469, p.469.


  • Location

    On display: G47/dc4

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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