Posted 4 years ago
Cameos are my usual beat, but that means I also live in the realm of classical mythology. Naturally, when I saw the goat-footed woodland deity Pan, I felt he needed to come join his many other brothers and sisters who live with me.
Marked with the boar's head of the Paris assay office and an unidentified maker's mark; probably 800 silver. The woolly parts of him, his lower body and the hair of his head, are encrusted with tiny colorless stones of glass or paste; the bells of his double flute are also highlighted. His horns, hooves & stylized wreath of ivy are accentuated in black. The triangular leaves are left uncovered on the back and may be inset glass. The hooves and horns were not left open to the light and may be applied glass paste.
The pin is mounted vertically, with a trombone clasp. He is about 6cm/2 1/3 in. high. Heavily tarnished now (I think it suits him), otherwise in very good condition. Glare in photos makes it appear some of the black is missing from the horns and hooves. There is not, just a few very small chips on some exposed edges.