Huge Antique Carved Shell Cameo Brooch of Demeter and Demophon

Huge Antique Carved Shell Cameo Brooch of Demeter and Demophon
Huge Antique Carved Shell Cameo Brooch of Demeter and Demophon
Huge Antique Carved Shell Cameo Brooch of Demeter and Demophon
Huge Antique Carved Shell Cameo Brooch of Demeter and Demophon
Huge Antique Carved Shell Cameo Brooch of Demeter and Demophon
Huge Antique Carved Shell Cameo Brooch of Demeter and Demophon
Huge Antique Carved Shell Cameo Brooch of Demeter and Demophon
Huge Antique Carved Shell Cameo Brooch of Demeter and Demophon

Huge Antique Carved Shell Cameo Brooch of Demeter and Demophon

Offered is a very large antique carved shell cameo brooch. The subject depicts the goddess of the harvest, Demeter and the son of Celeus, king of Eleuses. The story goes, that Demeter wandered in disguise, in search of her kidnapped daughter Persephone. In return for shelter, Demeter became the nurse of Demophon.

She wanted to make him immortal, and practiced rituals to make this happen. One of the rituals was to hold him close to her bosom and breath on him, as depicted here. This tender scene occurs in a field under a tree- with grasses, flowers and even a playful rabbit in the background. Even every leaf on the tree has been painstakingly carved.

Three layers of shell are apparent. The detail is wonderful as well- from the faces and clothes to the fingers and toes. This beautiful scene is presented in a gold tone custom frame with ribbon decorations. It has the original old c and t clasp and hinge. This piece measures 2 3/4" by 2 1/2" inches at widest points of the frame.

It weighs 30.5 grams. It is in very good antique (circa 1865) condition, with no issues to report. Gorgeous larger piece to wear or collect.

Thank you for looking, and please see my other listings for more cameos and vintage jewelry items both fine and costume! This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Cameos".

The seller is "grekkothis" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.


Huge Antique Carved Shell Cameo Brooch of Demeter and Demophon


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