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Posted 4 years ago

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Sebastian became a soldier in the Roman army at about 283. He converted many men to Christianity. He cured many people of diseases. He was named captain in the praetorian guards by Emperor Diocletian. When it was discovered at the time of the persecution of the Christians that Sebastian was a Christian, he was ordered executed. He was shot with arrows and left for dead. He was still alive. Later
Sebastian denounced the emperor for his cruelty to Christians, and was beaten to death on the Emperor's orders. He is the patron saint of archers, athletes, and soldiers.

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  1. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Hello,

    It's a wonder of workmanship to carve this. Beautyful! I love it.
  2. flea, 4 years ago
    May I ask you a question? I know nothing about cameos. Years ago I sold an antique cameo on eBay and was probably very very lowballed because, as I didn't know what I had exactly, I couldn't give a good description. The buyer was thrilled. :-) So I am wondering if you could take a few minutes to tell us how to spot and true and/or special cameo brooch? Cheers! (And no, I don't have any anymore.)
  3. flea, 4 years ago
    P.S. It is stunning.
  4. cameolover cameolover, 4 years ago
    Hi Flea- Im no expert by any means. When I started collecting cameos I purchased the book Cameos Old and New by Anna Miller and read it from cover to back. I would advise looking at hundreds of photos of cameos, from shell, lava, hardstone, resin, plastic, glass to develop an eye to spot the shell cameos from the plastic or resin cameos. In her book she lays out so many characteristics of each type of cameo that you would expect to see. Until you get familiar with the different cameos you might consider purchasing a cameo from a reputable cameo broker. There are many sites on the web that are reputable. Good luck and happy hunting.
  5. flea, 4 years ago
    You said: from shell, lava, hardstone, resin, plastic, glass...

    I'm overwhelmed. Thank you tho'!
  6. sundayandsunday sundayandsunday, 4 years ago
    what an impressive carving! I have never seen this subject matter depicted in a cameo. Do you have the brief story of St. Sebastian that you could share?
    Thank you, your cameo is wonderful!
  7. terilaptophead, 4 years ago
    Doesn't the cupid represent Ireland? Very nice. I have only seen it once before.
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Hi from Sydney Australia!
    Another beautiful cameo. I think that this one is based on an engraving by Aegidius Sadeler II (printmaker; painter/draughtsman; Flemish; Male; c.1570 - 1629). There is a version of it in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. It dates to c. 1595.
    He did two engravings of Saint Sebastian. This one seems to be based on a another engraving by Jacopo Palma il Giovane (Venice, 1548-1628).
    The cameo changes the background of onlookers and replaces them with an architectural landscape.
    The angel carries the crown of martydom that is about to happen. Note that there are no arrows yet on the cameo; it is prior to the event. The angel also carries a torch symbolic of the spreading the passion of the gospels.
  9. froznivyteaprty, 3 years ago
    I would have to say this is by far one of my favorites!
  10. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    This cameo is very very beautiful

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