A Gold Mounted Hardstone Cameo Pendant

Italian, c.1750


depicting a Bacchant, carved in black and white sardonyx, a left facing profile, the face, hair and shoulders carved in a pure white layer of the stone, the head of the goat and vine leaves carved in a dark brown layer, backed in black.

This portrait seems to capture the wild character of the bacchant. Her hair is messy and loose as she raises her gaze up to the heavens. It is more baroque in style, suggesting a slightly earlier date. The mount circa 1800.

Height: 2.5cm
Width: 2cm