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    Posted 11 months ago

    Passion4Ca…
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    I am thinking Hera? I know the one on the left is Athena right? And of course Cupid. But I am not sure who the goddess with Cupid is.

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    1. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 11 months ago
      I'm just beginning to take an interest in antique cameos.
      The one on the left with the infants Romulus and Remus with the wolf who nursed them is so beautiful! Who is the woman? I tried to look up Anthena but came up with nothing.
      I'm assuming it's Roman because of the babes and the wolf.
      I hope you will post more--they are fascinating, not made just to be a pretty picture, but to document something historic, important in history, or a legend.
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 11 months ago
      Are the earring cameos Napoleon and Josephine?
    3. IVAN49 IVAN49, 11 months ago
      On the left is most likely Juno, the protector and special counselor of the state.She is the Roman equivalent of Hera, queen of the gods in Greek mythology
    4. kyratango kyratango, 11 months ago
      Wow! Very nice group!!!
      Athena is a Greek goddess, Minerva is her alter ego in Roman mythology :-), Ivan may be right with Juno.
      I don't think the couple in your earrings is Napoleon and Josephine, but it is only a feeling!
      Perhaps you already explored this site, very helpful and interesting:
      https://cameotimes.com/index.php/home/welcome
    5. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 11 months ago
      The wolf suckling the children is a reference to the founding of Rome; the children are Romulus & Remus. When this otherwise Minerva looking figure has this motif on her helmet, she is often then seen as Roma, the personification of the city.

      It's difficult to make out all the detail on the earrings. The one on the left looks most like Apollo. If the female on the right has only a diadem as a clue, she is usually seen as Hera/Juno.

      The cameo in the middle is really interesting, which is a way of saying I haven't seen this subject before. The lady is wearing too many clothes to be Cupid's mother Venus. Therefore she is one of the minor gods who are basically personifications of something & have no tales connected with them. The figure with her would be seen as a Genius rather than as cupid. The Genius appears to bear an olive branch, so my best guess is that this represents Peace.
    6. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 11 months ago
      They're absolutely stunning!!
    7. Newfld Newfld, 11 months ago
      Gorgeous cameos, very original. I really love the first one with the wolf overhead
    8. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 11 months ago
      Wow, these are amazing cameos! Just so beautiful:)
    9. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 11 months ago
      I was pleased to see Romulus and Remus with the wolf on the cameo because I could actually identify them!
      In my hometown of Rome, Ga, there's a sculpture of the twins and the wolf displayed prominently on the main city street. The sculpture is a copy of the original and was given to our town of Rome from Rome, Italy.
      So probably every Rome, Georgia school child, going back for decades, has been taught the story of the founding of Rome, Italy.
      Incidental, having said all that, I wonder if other towns in the US named "Rome", received a copy of the statue from Rome, Italy?
    10. Passion4Cameos Passion4Cameos, 11 months ago
      Thank you all for your insights! I am truly belssed to be learning so much! @watchsearcher I am happy to know that you are becoming interested in antique cameos. I am truly addicted! Watch out as they are too fascinating! Not sure about the earrings.
      @cameosleuth I have a lot to learn from you. I don't suppose the centre figure could be Hera? I am only thinking that because of her diadem. I wonder if the staff she is carrying bears any clue to who she may be? Thanks for pointing out about the Genius as opposed to cupid. I will research that more.
      Thanks to all for your lovely comments.
    11. Passion4Cameos Passion4Cameos, 11 months ago
      PS @watchsearcher I meant to write Athena. I spelled it incorrectly so no wonder you got no results. I now realise she is Roman not Greek. Thanks to you guys. It makes sense to me now :)
    12. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 10 months ago
      Not sure this will open properly. If not, should be easy to search. Wedgwood, Peace preventing Mars from opening the gates of Janus.

      http://www.tg-m.ru/img/mag/2016/2/art_51_08_27.jpg
    13. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 10 months ago
      See also:

      https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/654229

      http://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/record/969D27B8-5C0C-4565-A00C-2A2C2A7B8108



    14. plein-air-painter, 6 months ago
      Cupid is often shown with Psyche. Cupid is desire and Psyche is the soul (breath of life).
    15. Collectables59 Collectables59, 6 months ago
      ABSOLUTELY STUNNING

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