This beautifully carved antique cameo is set in a detailed 15 carat gold mount with rope effect edging. It depicts a version of Guercino’s 1621 fresco in the Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi in Rome, Italy. It recalls the story of Aurora, goddess of dawn, as told in Homer’s epic Greek poem, Iliad. Aurora, who takes centre stage riding a horse-drawn chariot, is illustrated leaving her aged husband, Tithonus. She holds a torch aloft, rolling back the clouds and turning night into day. In front of her are three ‘Horae’ – goddesses of the seasons. The carving is intricately detailed and beautifully formed.
Tests as 15 carat gold
6cm x 4.5cm