mid-19th century

Object Place: Italy


Overall: 4 x 5 x 1.7 cm (1 9/16 x 1 15/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and shell

Not On View


Europe, Jewelry



This piece is large oval cameo prong set in gold in a bezel surrounded with an openwork wire and ball frame. The image shows a wingèd goddess strewing flowers with cupid on her back carrying a torch. This is a conflation of Venus with her cupid and Victory with the upright lit torch which was a Renaissance interpretation of Flora.
The pinback was a later addition. One side of the rim has an open area for the tab closure. The opposite side of the rim has a flared sheet with holes along one side, suitable for the attachment of several strands of beads, probably pearls, indicating that this was originally a bracelet or necklace.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Elizabeth G. Norton