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Posted 5 years ago


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This appears to me to be a shell cameo - it measures 5.5 cms x 4 cms - and has been hidden in a drawer for many years. It intrigues me because it shows a man - in fine detail - and (apart from gods and other mythical heroes) this does not seem all that common. Somehow I get the feeling that it represents a specific person - but I may be well off-base on that one! If anyone can give ANY views or insights I would be hugely grateful.

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  1. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Men may be rarer, but they're less desirable than women unfortunately. I guess no one wants to be adorned with a stern old man. Great cameo though, probably from Italy, is there a signature on the back?
  2. Clarity, 5 years ago
    Stillwater - thank you for your response. Yes, he is a bit stern but perhaps he was someones' idea of a "pin-up" back in the day! No signature sadly - just the enigmatic face on the front.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Nice cameo!

  4. davyd286, 5 years ago
    Nice quality - look up 19th century writers or scientists; you may be able to identify your man. The carvings were often done from popular engravings or paintings.
  5. Clarity, 5 years ago
    Thanks both scottvez and davyd286 - looks like I'll be busy with research for a while - the writers/scientists idea is great!
  6. musikchoo musikchoo, 5 years ago
    Great Cameo !!!
  7. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
    great looking cameo; image reminds me of Galileo
  8. musikchoo musikchoo, 5 years ago
    I just pulled up images of Galileo and the Cameo bears a striking resemblance to Him.
  9. davyd286, 5 years ago
    Make sure the clothes check out, too.
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Well done musikchoo!
    I agree that Galileo Galilei.
    I had been thinking Garibaldi but the hair is too wavy!
  11. musikchoo musikchoo, 5 years ago
    Thank You vetraio and congrats clarity !!
  12. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
    compare to his statue in Florence
  13. Clarity, 5 years ago
    Thank you all - wonderful ideas and lots of effort on my behalf - astonishing!
    Galilieo - would never have thought of him myself. If the cameo did come from Italy - would he have just been a well-known face to use and sell to tourists of the time - and were other "celebrities" used in the same way - like pop-groups on t-shirts?
  14. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 3 years ago
    The artist has made the beard a bit more luxuriant than in usual representations, but I believe this is Michelangelo Buonarotti. The famous artists & poets of the past were popular cameo subjects.
  15. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 1 year ago
    I retract the ID of Michelangelo & agree wholeheartedly with Galileo. The 2 look very similar. This is probably after the medallion by Cerbera:

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